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ScotRail to trial smartphone tickets for trains

Train passengers on Scotland’s railways will soon be able to scan their way through ticket barriers, instead of printing off paper tickets.

ScotRail is launching a new digital system which allows tickets to be bought online and downloaded on to smartphones.

The trial is set to be started over the next few months, with some popular single and return tickets.

A wider rollout to all routes and ticket types will then be planned in the future.

The system will be built into ScotRail’s existing app, to incorporate technology developed by technology company Rambus Inc.

ScotRail commercial director Lesley Kane said: “This pilot app delivers the convenient, easy access to tickets and travel that we know our customers want.

“Over the coming months, customers will be able to buy and download digital tickets from a single app, anytime, anywhere.

“With the rollout of new trains and station upgrades right across the country too, this is a really exciting time for Scotland’s railway as we continue to build the best railway this country has ever had.”

Rambus Ticketing vice president and general manager Russell McCullagh said: “Delivering a modern and innovative transport experience that customers can rely on is a key driver for smart mobile ticketing.

“We’re delighted to combine our expertise developing and deploying high-volume ITSO-based ticketing systems, through our Nevis Technologies joint venture, with ScotRail’s drive to provide a truly seamless and leading-edge travel experience.”