Transport for the North (TfN) has launched the first phase of its Smart on Rail project.
In collaboration with Northern and TransPennine Express, Smart on Rail will embrace technology to initially focus on upgrading tickets for customers from paper to smartcard, allowing people to buy season tickets on a smartcard at the ticket office.
Customers can expect to see a series of improvements – the first step in the quest for a smarter travel system – that will see changes to how tickets are bought and used in the coming months.
This will include the ability to buy online and load tickets onto smartcards at gatelines without having to queue at ticket offices or machines.
The Smart on Rail project will initially be rolled out on rail lines between Hull, Scarborough and Malton, before a wider roll out across the whole network.
Ticket offices at rail stations in the region have been upgraded in preparation for the move to smartcards, with contactless now supported, and capped payments across the bus, rail and tram networks.
Alastair Richards is the Programme Director. He wants the project to set standards “for future smart innovations.”
He said: “Working in collaboration with Northern and TransPennine Express has allowed us to develop and begin delivery of a Smart on Rail project across the rail network in the North.
“The launch of the smartcard project is a vital first step in the delivery of an even more ambitious, integrated smart travel system for the whole of the North.
“We hope it is well received by customers and sets the standard for future smart innovations.”
Smart on Rail is one phase of TfN’s wider Integrated and Smart Travel programme – something that TfN believe will play a key role in transforming the experiences of passengers and businesses on their rail and bus journeys.