A 'TOUCHLESS ticketing' scheme on Keighley buses has been extended following a successful trial.

The system, which enables passengers to use their mobile phone as a travel pass, was piloted on Keighley Bus Company's 662 Shuttle route.

Now the initiative has been expanded to include all the operator's town network – K1 to K11 – and the 760 service between Keighley and Shipley Market Place, as well as the Shuttle 662 route.

The venture was due to finish last month, but its success – it has 250 registered users – means it will now run until the end of September.

To use the KPay system, passengers download an app, register and pay a deposit.

Before starting each journey, they touch a button and show their pass to the driver.

The app then calculates the length of the journey by using special Bluetooth tags fitted to buses and bus stops along the route.

The scheme is staged in partnership with Becotix and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Alex Hornby – chief executive of Transdev, which owns Keighley Bus Company – said: "I'm delighted that we are extending this successful initiative for our customers.

"The app will make using our local bus services even easier and cheaper."

For more details and to sign-up, visit kpay.becotix.co.uk.