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Virgin rolls out mobile ticketing

Virgin Trains is to make barcoded mobile telephone tickets available to passengers travelling on the West Coast and East Coast Main Lines.

The m-Tickets can be downloaded to smartphones or other mobile devices via the Virgin Trains East Coast website or the Virgin Trains mobile application. Passengers will be able to buy tickets on their mobile telephones both in advance and on the day they travel.

The operator says it has sold more than 170,000 tickets since a pilot scheme began in July 2015, and that it is the first franchised train operating company to offer such a service. 



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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 01/03/2016 09:19

    Richard Branson must be making fortunes with his train companies making a lot of profit and new trains coming to VTEC from next year.

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    • David - 14/03/2016 15:20

      To think that franchise money was actually being reinvested in the railways for a few years...

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  • abirch - 01/03/2016 15:31

    Didn't Chiltern do this a few years ago?

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    • sWard - 02/03/2016 13:34

      Chiltern launched the same thing back in 2011 so Virgin definitely can't claim to be the first TOC to offer it.

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  • Theboyle - 04/03/2016 00:09

    I can see this becoming the future but not yet had the VTEC app for a week now and it doesn't work , bought tickets appeared on the app then when i went to use them they had disappeared completely, Staff didn't seem to care either and told me i would have to buy a new ticket or leave the train.

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