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Hampshire to pilot smart rail tickets
4:00pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
RAIL passengers in Hampshire are to benefit from Oyster Card-style paperless ticketing as the Government funds a pilot ‘smart card’ scheme.
The Government is investing £3.25m in modernising ‘touch in – touch out’ ticketing technology for rail passengers using South West Trains.
The funding will allow the company, which operates lines between Waterloo and Exeter, and Portsmouth and Weymouth, to upgrade the ITSO ticketing system at all of its stations outside London, paving the way for even more passengers in the county to start using smarter technology for their travel from next year.
The project is part of the Department for Transport’s £45m South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) scheme to promote seamless and convenient rail travel across the network.
Rail Minister Baroness Kramer said: “A modern railway system helps drive a strong and vibrant economy.
Smart ticketing will help the tens of thousands of commuters who use these services every day, getting them to their places of work more quickly and on time.
“Smart technology will also help pave the way for passengers to get the best deals for travelling, for instance part-time workers receiving discounts on season tickets for travelling three days rather than five.”
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