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Cubic has been awarded a $10.2 million contract to design and implement a contactless payment system across Sydney’s public transport network.

The system, which will allow passengers to pay for travel by pressing their credit or debit card against the existing Opal smart card readers, will be trialled next year.

In a press release, Transport for NSW said: “The easier customers can hop on a train, ferry, bus or light rail the more likely they will get out of their cars that are congesting roads.”

The technology chosen by Sydney was developed by Transport for London (TfL). In July, TfL announced it had agreed a licensing deal with Cubic which would allow the company to design similar systems for other cities around the world.

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