Gerry Murphy, NTA CEO; Alan Kelly, Public Transport Minister, and Tim Gaston, NTA Project Director, at the launch of the Leap Card in 2011. (Warning: card may not be to scale.) Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
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Leap Cards to be extended to Cork, but which counties are next in line?

The cards are already usable on buses in the county and the scheme will extend to trains by early 2015.

LEAP CARDS WILL soon be an option for train passengers in Cork.

The plan will be be rolled out gradually, starting later this summer.

The cards are expected to be usable on all Iarnród Éireann services in Cork early next year.

They are currently in use on Bus Éireann services in the county.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) confirmed the news to Deputy Bernard Durkan after the Fine Gael TD asked a parliamentary question about the national roll out of the scheme.

In a letter sent to Durkan, Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive of the NTA, said that a full roll out of Leap cards in Cork was “dependent on the supply of new equipment which is currently the subject of a public procurement process”.

Further roll outs in other counties are expected to happen in 2015, subject to funding. Leap card equipment has been tested on buses in Galway.

The NTA isalso developing plans to extend the scheme to Limerick and Waterford this year.

As of May, 500,000 Leap Cards had been issued since November 2011.

A Leap Visitor Card for tourists was introduced last month.

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