Trams in Adelaide have been fitted with readers that allow users to swipe in with a smartcard.

The public transport system in Adelaide has been given a modern makeover, as the tram network has had smartcard readers installed.

The Metrocard machines have been fitted to the 103 tram and will be added to the rest of the service to the end of the year.

So far, trials of the system have proven to be successful and no technical issues have been experienced when using the smartcards.

Minister for transport services Chloe Fox said: “This represents another milestone in the new smartcard ticketing system, which forms a key component of the AU$2.6 billion (£1.6 billion) decade-long investment in Adelaide’s public transport network.”

It is expected the cars will be fully operational across the transport network by 2013.

The Adelaide transport system also offers another hi-tech system, as users can download apps to their smartphones listing the latest train and bus times, as well as any issues on the network.

Written by Ruth Norris

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