The Robin Hood Pay as You Go smartcard has been taken up by more than 3,500 people since its launch in December 2015.

Robin Hood card customers – who have carried out over 5,000 top-ups and over £130,000 worth of transactions – are charged on the basis of the trips actually made, with joint fare deals for journeys involving more than one transport provider. They don’t have to decide in advance what ticket to buy and are guaranteed to pay 10% less on their daily travel for bus and tram fares when compared to paying with cash. The cards can also be used on all main bus, tram and park and ride services.

It is now even easier to buy the cards as in the last two months the network of on-street vending machines has grown rapidly. There are now 60 ticket machines, with 17 of these located outside the City Council boundary, in Arnold, West Bridgford, Netherfield, Wilford Lane, Ruddington and Beeston, plus one now in the Broadmarsh bus station.

A number of new Robin Hood Card features are being planned in the next few months, subject to the successful completion of trials. -These will include:

o   Starting to convert Kangaroo season tickets into Robin Hood season cards (over a year period)

o   Purchase from travel centres and on line

o   Replacing the Kangaroo Day ticket with Robin Hood Day ticket

o   Introducing weekly capping on Robin Hood pay-as-you-go cards

o   Allowing card top-up at tram vending machines

o   Introducing more ticket vending machines such as in Victoria bus station.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Jobs and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “Although very much operating in a trial period, the Robin Hood card is proving to be a popular day-rate option. Further planned improvements will allow the Robin Hood card to become an even more flexible and cost-effective way to travel. The increase in the number of vending machines means that it is easier now to buy cards – even outside the city.”

The Robin Hood card can be used on Nottingham Express Transit (tram), Nottingham City Transport (NCT), including Pathfinder and South Notts buses, Kinchbus, Trent Barton and the City Council’s Linkbus network (including park and ride) within the Greater Nottingham boundary.

The following fares will be applied to trips made on a given day:

Single trip on any one operator                             £1.70

Unlimited trips on any one operator                     £3.15

Two trips on different operators                             £3.40

Unlimited trips on more than one operator          £4.00


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