And there,in Antoin's post,is THE inherent flaw in our interpretation of what an Integrated Ticketing System actually is.
The Dept of Transport/RPA/NTA chose to interpret ITS as being about bringing together disparate fare/ticketing systems and hopefully getting them all to work as one.
|Why,given the very definite powers which were allocated to the Integrated Ticketing Implementation Group,did they not start at the beginning ....|
Asking these men to come up with an integrated ticket system is a bit like the mayor of Chicago putting Bugs Morgan and Al Capone on a committee to stamp out organized crime.
The surprising thing about LEAP is that it works at all given the number of parties involved (loads of transport companies, loads of equipment suppliers, loads of technology companies).
It very much has to be seen as a starting point for further investment towards Leapcard 2.0 rather than as an end-point.