Train company to offer tickets via mobile phone

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Another use for your mobile phone, this time as a train ticket, with the news that Chiltern Railways is set to offer tickets via mobile handsets.

The railway, which operates from London through to the West Midlands, is set to introduce technology that sends a barcode to a mobile phone via sms, which passengers can then scan at the station ticket barrier. The rail networks hopes it will make tickets easier to buy and ease queuing at stations. The company said mobile ticketing will be available before the end of the year for a three-month trial.

The network isn’t the first to introduce mobile ticketing – Tyne and Wear Metro operator Nexus trialled a similar scheme earlier this year and a similar scheme already operates successfully in Helsinki.

Chiltern Railways

Dave Walker