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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 July, 2005, 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK
City's smart card is relaunched
Official launch of the card
Southampton's Smartcities pass was launched at the Civic Centre
A smart card giving access to travel, libraries and leisure facilities in a city has been relaunched.

Southampton's Smartcities pass will allow users to "top-up" credit on the card to pay for bus journeys.

It replaces the city's library cards, leisure cards and will also act as proof of age identification.

For the first time, holders will also be asked if they want to sign up as an organ donor - with this information also added to the card.

Councillor David Beckett, cabinet member for resources, said: "We are extremely proud to be at the forefront of this technology and also our new partnerships with UK Transplant, the NHS Organ Donor Register, and PASS.

"It is an honour to be the first council in the country to include these very important schemes on a local smart card.

"The possibilities for Smartcities are endless, with shopping discounts, parking payment schemes and extended travel usage all being considered for the future."

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