South Western Railway (SWR) has launched a new account-based ticketing system that will allow passengers to avoid buying a paper ticket before each journey they make.
Once registered with a Tap2Go account, SWR says it will work out the best daily fare when a customer touches in and out with a Tap2Go-enabled smartcard. The card is linked to the passenger’s credit or debit card and will take payment from the account the day after they travel.
Customers can choose to top their account up with credit or have their credit or debit card charged directly for each transaction.
In addition, users can store season tickets on their Tap2Go smartcard, meaning journeys between the origin and destination of the season ticket will not be charged separately.
SWR says new features will be added later this year, including the ability to add Tap2Go to an existing Touch smartcard.
Currently, Tap2Go can only be used on SWR services outside of London.
Peter Williams, SWR’s commercial director, said: “Our Tap2Go smartcard removes the need for customers to buy a ticket before their journey, making their journey with us a whole lot easier. With the ability to add season tickets to their card, everything the customer needs for their journey will be all in one place. Plus, by calculating the best daily fare, Tap2Go will ensure value for money for our customers.”
The Rail Delivery Group is currently rolling out the infrastructure to allow the use of mobile tickets and tickets stored on smartcards at train stations across the UK.