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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that £80 million will be made available to introduce smart ticketing across England and Wales by the end of 2018.
The investments means that every passenger will have the choice of travelling without a paper ticket by the end of 2018, with every rail franchise in Great Britain set to roll-out mobile barcode ticketing.
Passengers will also be able to have smart cards hosted on their mobile phone – like a digital travel card – with a pilot of this technology expected in the next four months.
Grayling said: “Passengers across the country want smart ticketing and this government will deliver it. This significant investment will ensure that passengers across the network can use mobile phones, bar codes and smart cards across almost all of the network by the end of next year.”