Government Wants Train Commuters To Use Smartcards

Traditional paper train ticket seems set to bid its final goodbye after 173 years of existence, as the UK government discusses plans for commuters to pay for all their travelling using a smartcard.

The new smart ticketing system, similar to the Oyster Cards being used in London, would include bank cards as well as mobile phones featuring universal smart ticketing feature, which would let passengers to be swiped to pay for their journeys.

Ministers believe that the technology would bring an end to hassles the passengers face in long queues to get their tickets. In addition, this would also make buses journey quicker as driver would no longer to waste their time in collecting fares.

Transport minister Sadiq Khan touted the new smart ticketing system by saying that the system would make journeys far quicker, and bolster up the reliability.

“We could see the end to waiting in line at ticket machines, while buses could spend half the amount of time sitting at the bus stop waiting for people to board and looking for the right change”, he added.

Furthermore, the government has estimated that the system would help it save an estimated £2 billion by improving journey times, along with making more reliable buying and use of tickets.

Our Comments

The Oyster has its appeal but the priority as far as the rail transport system is concerned is to get more value for money. Currently, UK has one of the most expensive pricing structures in Europe. Britain train operators charge up to 3.4 times the Global average and around three times more per miles covered compared to their Italian counterparts.

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