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South West trains to get 'smart card tickets'

The government have today announced it is giving South West Trains millions of pounds to expand smart card technology at ticket gates.

Passengers at all stations will be able to use plastic, credit card sized tickets instead of paper ones.

The tickets are stored on the card where passengers touch in and touch out of the station.

It is part of a £45 million scheme in the south to improve the buying and use of tickets.

The Department of Transport say passengers will benefit immediately with the smart card tickets because:

  • they trigger automatic ticket gates more quickly and reliably
  • it will be easier to buy tickets online and collect them at stations
  • they will help to shorten queues at ticket offices
  • they are much more durable than paper tickets and do not wear out as quickly

Rail passengers to use 'Oystercard' style tickets

It is the beginning of the end of paper rail tickets for some Southern passengers travelling into London.

Commuters using the Brighton line into the capital will be able to use smart-cards, similar to Oyster-cards, at East Croydon, Clapham Junction, London Victoria and London Bridge.

The scheme will be widened out to all London stations as of next year.

Baroness Kramer launched the new scheme yesterday.