British train stations go paperless

New technology has been rolled out across Britain’s rail network, allowing for paperless tickets to be used in place of the familiar orange tickets.

Recent upgrades now mean that passengers travelling from all major stations across Britain including Waterloo, Brighton, Gatwick Airport, Edinburgh Waverley, and Glasgow Central are now able to travel without a paper ticket. Passengers can buy a smart ticket online or via their smartphones and store them on their handset or smartcard.

“After further installations of readers at stations around the country and software updates due at the end of this month, we expect nine in 10 tickets to be available for sale to customers as smart tickets,” reads a statement from Rail Delivery Group.

This month, new readers and computer software are being installed at Blackfriars, Watford Junction, City Thameslink, London Bridge, East Croydon, and Shenfield. In May and June, upgrades will take place at more stations, particularly in Scotland, including Edinburgh Gateway, Bathgate, and Glasgow Argyle Street.

To date, train companies, the Department for Transport, and national and regional transport bodies including Transport for the North, have upgraded and installed ticketing readers at 890 stations to read smart tickets.

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