Manchester to get Oyster Card, with truly awful name
The card will be called 'My Get Me There. Even if you spell it as an acronym - MGMT - you spell out the name of that dreadful schmindie band, which is worse.
In addition to this, passengers will also be able to use bank cards, bus passes and mobile phones to pay for ticketless journeys, thereby making the MGMT system seem a bit daft, which has prompted politicians to note that the whole thing is 'confusing' and that it fails to rival the zippy branding used in other cities.
That said, at least it wasn't put to vote by the people of Manchester. When the M.E.N readers were polled, some of them proffered the 'Ryder Card', named after Happy Mondays deadbeat, Shaun Ryder.
Councillor Andrew Fender, chairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, reckons this will all be great, saying that this scheme will 'revolutionise' how Mancs use public transport. He said: "But we want it to be as simple as possible for people at the point of use – hence a name that ‘says what it does on the tin’."
Will this stop scallies trying to get on Magic Buses with out of date weekly passes? Will it bloody 'eckers like.