Train firm to issue phone tickets

Train passengers will soon be able to buy tickets on their mobile phone.

Chiltern Railways, which operates from London through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to the West Midlands, plans to deliver tickets to mobile phones.

The new technology sends a barcode to a mobile phone via a text message, which passengers can then scan at the station ticket barrier.

Its hoped the method will make buying tickets easier for passengers and help reduce queues at stations.

Neil Micklethwaite, commercial director for Chiltern Railways, said: "Mobile ticketing will mean easy purchases, anywhere, any time.

"The pilot we are launching will be for our popular Eday ticket priced from £5 each.

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The new technology sends a barcode to a mobile phone via a text message, which passengers can then scan at the station ticket barrier.

just wait until they scan your finger instead

Welcome to the New World Order :paranoid:

Good to know but i get my train ticket free 1st class all around the UK :P until i get a job which will be in another 5 years

National express already do "M Tickets", it was only so long till the train providers caught up, although the whole bar code idea is pretty cool

I use a Chiltern railway train every day. There isn't scanners at the station i go to, but there are people who check tickets. It seems a fairly good idea, hopefully reducing costs too?