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Barcode readers move AGA closer to paperless system

Barcode readers have been installed at ticket gates at Abellio Greater Anglia stations, in a £3 million scheme.

Passengers can now buy and receive most of AGA’s tickets straight to their phones via a mobile app, and scan them through the recently installed readers at ticket barriers. AGA said this will reduce ticket office queues, and moves the operator a step closer to eliminating paper tickets. A new ticket validation database and inspection app provided by Masabi has been installed.

Statistics from the Trainline’s pilot launch (from July 2015 until June 17) show that Tottenham Hale is the most popular station for new tickets, followed by Norwich and Cambridge.

The five most popular routes are Tottenham Hale-Cambridge, Cambridge-Tottenham Hale, Tottenham Hale-Stansted Airport, Norwich-Stratford and Stratford-Norwich.

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  • James Miller - 27/06/2016 14:25

    I don't have a mobile phone! I always buy my tickets in a machine at an Overground station, as this enables me to buy a ticket from the Zone 6 boundary, which is the limit of my Freedom Pass.

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    • FrankH - 28/06/2016 00:15

      No mobile phone, just think your missing all the pests phoning you trying to sell unwanted twaddle and offering free gifts if you buy this or that. Don't complain, be happy.

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      • James Miller - 28/06/2016 06:30

        I was partly joking, but I don't run Apps or do anything with money on my phone. Contactless bank cards are so much better and all banking etc. I do on my computer at home. Remember too, that I once paid a multi-million pound tax bill, because of my expertise in writing software. Mobile phones will get more and more insecure, as clever hackers develop more and more bizarre ways of breaking in. At least if someone clones your bank card, you should get reimbursed.

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        • FrankH - 28/06/2016 07:02

          A bit like me I use my mobile for talking to people and that's it. Anything to do with money that I do on my computer I log in each time, no passwords are saved. Someone recently said by paying with a contactless credit card ie less than £30 you get the same discount as an Oyster card, is this correct.

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          • James Miller - 28/06/2016 07:09

            I do send a lot of text messages, especially to find out when the next red bus is arriving, but we're more or less the same. Someone in security at a major card company told me that fraud with contactless cards is much lower than they expected. But I think it's because criminals want scams in thousands and that takes a long time with a maximum of £340. One thing, I found recently, is that contactless from East Croydon to GFatwicj is just £3, whereas a ticket with a railcard is £3.45. The only problem is that as I get to East Croydon free on my Freedom Pass, I have to go out the station to touch-in with a contactless card.

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