Waterloo station

UK train passengers offered smart tickets

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The traditional paper train ticket is being phased out across the UK, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has said.

All major stations and every train operator now has the option to use smart tickets, with nine in 10 journeys "soon" available in this format, RDG, which represents rail firms, said.

Smart tickets can be bought online and stored on smartphones or smartcards.

Consumer group Which? said the plans were a "positive step" but "long overdue".

The process has required a rollout of new technology across the network, with recent upgrades at Waterloo, Edinburgh Waverley and Gatwick Airport stations.

This will be followed by new readers and computer software at Blackfriars, Watford Junction, City Thameslink, London Bridge, East Croydon and Shenfield.

Travel update: Major disruption at Waterloo

BBC London News

Disruption this morning for South Western Railway services in and out of Waterloo due to the late finish of engineering works.

Trains are now able to run to and from London Waterloo. However during the closure, trains were unable to leave a number of depots and enter services. As a result of this, some services may be delayed by up to 60 minutes, cancelled or revised at short notice. They anticipate a normal service will resume from 2pm.

And Highgate Station is currently closed on the Northern Line due to defective escalators.

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