CHESTER passengers hopping on Arriva buses will be able to pay for tickets by card as of Sunday, June 16.

All buses will feature the option to pay for their fares by contactless debit card or via Apple or Google Pay, in addition to the traditional methods of coin and cash.

The move follows a multi-million pound investment across all of its buses.

Phil Cummins, managing director for Arriva Manchester, said: “As a business, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our customers’ journey. We have decided to introduce contactless as a step forward in opening up bus travel for those who do not find cash payments convenient.

“The new technology will create a faster, easier and more convenient way to pay for our customers, which in turn will help to speed up boarding time and improve the customer experience as the UK moves even closer towards being a cashless society.”

Contactless technology is brought to Arriva by Ticketer ETMs and is designed to give passengers the widest possible range of payment options.