Paper train tickets could soon be a thing of the past as smartphones will be used instead but Nottingham won’t be one of the cities to make the change.
Barcoded mobile tickets known as m-tickets are just like standard train tickets except they are downloaded onto a smartphone.
A traveller simply downloads an app, buys a ticket, selects m-ticket and uses it on the train.
This pilot scheme will cover 230 stations and 40,000 tickets have already been sold but Nottingham travellers will find that they will have to stick to paper for a little while longer.
James Williams, a student at Nottingham Trent University, commutes every day by train from Birmingham.
He said: “I can understand the desire to use e-tickets as it saves a lot of extra hassle for travellers when having to collect paper tickets on the day or whether you pre-order, which is what I do.
“If the e-tickets are reliable then I don’t see why they will be a problem. It would make my daily commute a lot easier.”
The scheme is lead by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train operators and Network Rail, and the plan is to roll it out nationwide within the next three years, with Nottingham eventually accepting m-tickets alongside other stations.
Jacqueline Starr, RDG managing director of customer experience, said: “We have a vision of fully digital, mobile-friendly train travel with smarter types of quick and easy electronic tickets which are convenient, personalised and can be used on different providers’ services.
“Our customers must be at the heart of everything we do. The rail industry listens to passengers and understands their needs. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and we’ll continue to cater for everyone.”
New stations and routes are constantly being added to the pilot scheme but there are no details yet as to which stations will be added when.