Rail passengers will soon be able to buy tickets with their mobile phones, an industry body has confirmed.
An application developed by Masabi to enable this is being trialled by a number of the UK’s top route operators including Chiltern Railway, National Express and the Heathrow Express.
This has now been adopted by the Association of Train Operating Companies as the nationwide standard for paying for tickets via phones, the Times reports.
Once in place the system will mean that customers can buy tickets as they boarding the train.
Ben Whitaker, COO of Masabi said: “The application sits on your phone.You enter Station A to Station B, say that you have a rail card and so on. It's just like a ticket machine in your pocket.”
Nine out ten handsets available in the UK will apparently be compatible with the application, even those which are up to seven years old.
The application works via text message and employs security measures akin to those used in online banking.
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