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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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Arriva Trains Wales triples number of services to Manchester Airport

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Arriva Trains Wales says, from today, it's tripling the number of services from North Wales to Manchester Airport.

It means there will be 57 services a week.

The company says Manchester Airport is already an extremely popular airport for Welsh travellers with more Welsh residents flying from Manchester than any other airport – including Heathrow.

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Conwy Valley line re-opens today

The line was damaged by December's floods. Credit: Network rail

Network Rail says the Conwy Valley line will reopen today a week ahead of schedule.

The line was severely damaged following flooding in late December. Network Rail says engineers and contractors repaired over 100 separate locations of damage along the line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The scene that greeted us just after Christmas was incredible. Parts of the line were still underwater and where the water had receded it had taken much of the track-bed with it.

We started working immediately and put in place a programme to re-open by the end of February. It’s thanks to the amazing effort from all involved, working incredibly hard through challenging weather conditions, that we’ve been able to re-open the line for passengers ahead of schedule.

– Francis McGarry, Delivery Director for Network Rail

Arriva Trains Wales says from today a special timetable will operate with nine services operated by train and the remaining three service operated by bus. It hopes to resume a full rail service soon.

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