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Mobile ticketing system to be rolled out across Wales

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Arriva Trains Wales says it's extending its mobile ticketing system across the country after a successful trial on the Cardiff and Valleys network.

It says customers can make savings using Mobile Multi-flex ticket - the first mobile ticketing system of its kind in the UK.

Tickets can be bought, through an app, to travel between any two places and can be stored on a smartphone for up to three months after the date of purchase.

...we are always trying to understand the needs of our passengers and with the majority of UK employees (77 per cent) working in organisations that provide some kind of flexible working, we had a strong desire to reward loyal users of our trains who do not travel on our services regularly enough to benefit from the savings provided by a normal season ticket.

– Lynne Milligan, Customer Services Director

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Royal Mint to open its doors to visitors

The Royal Mint factory, now based in Llantrisant, will be opened to the public on Wednesday for the first time in over 1,000 years.

Visitors will gain an insight into the world of making coins with an exhibition that includes sections on history, collecting and coin designs.

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Online and mobile banking 'helping young people save'

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Research from Halifax says 18-24 year-olds in Wales claim digital banking helps them to save.

It says more than six out of ten of those banking online put money aside for the future. For those using mobiles the figure's 60%.

Across the UK four out of five younger savers who use digital banking say it helps them to boost their balances,

This research tells us that online and mobile banking is actually helping a lot of young people to save.

It's clear that having easy real-time access to their savings balance, whether in their pocket or on their PC, is keeping saving front of mind.

This is great news if it means that young people are getting into good savings habits early in life.

– Giles Martin, head of Halifax Savings

Welsh house prices 'are expected to rise'

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Welsh house prices are expected to rise over the next three months despite a cooling off in demand after the introduction of stamp duty changes.

That's according to the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Its longer term outlook suggests that prices will still be expected to rise by more than 4 per cent each year for the next five years.

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