Smart ticketing for travel between England and Scotland is now available on smartphones.
Edinburgh Waverley, Dunbar and Berwick-upon-Tweed have all been added to the pilot of a new type of barcoded m-Ticket that is being trialled by train operating companies (TOCs). More than 230 stations are covered by the scheme, including stations in northwest England, north Yorkshire, the North East and the Midlands.
It allows passengers to switch between TOCs on a single journey within specific pilot areas. Prior to this trial, m-Tickets downloaded onto phones were limited to one specific TOC’s service.
More than 25,000 new flexible m-Tickets have been bought in the past year. Passengers can download an app from one of the TOCs or retailers taking part in the pilot and opt to receive an m-Ticket.
The ticket must be activated before boarding to be valid. It can be activated at any time during the ticket’s period of validity. When the period of travel has passed, the m-Ticket expires at 0430 the following day and cannot be reused. m-Tickets can only exist on one device at a time and cannot be ‘sent’ from one device to another.