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RAIL passengers could be forced to pay more to stand on packed trains as the country’s biggest train ticket website plans to monitor their movements to “ease congestion”.
Clare Gilmartin, chief executive of the Trainline, told The Telegraph that the website was planning to use GPS technology installed within its app constantly to update ticket prices, under a scheme which could be rolled out in less than two years.
The technology will monitor how busy a train is and, if it is overcrowded, reduce the prices of later services to encourage passengers to wait and, therefore, reduce congestion. The app will also eventually automatically give compensation for delays amid wider moves towards paperless tickets.
But the “live pricing” ticket system may come as unwelcome news to those forced to stand on packed trains, as they may have to pay higher fares. It is thought that the move would not affect regulated fares, such as season tickets.
But experts warned that rail operators would seek to compensate for discounted fares by raising the price of unregulated tickets, including one-off fares bought for peak-time travel.
Ms Gilmartin said: “We’re starting to collect information from everyone about where they’re at so we can give them information that can help them with their journey. We want to help train operators manage their yield more effectively, as current ticketing systems do not allow them to do this very well.”
By next year railcard holders may be able to scan their cards into their smartphones for presentation onboard, and by 2018 paper railcards could be phased out altogether
Within a month the Trainline's app will begin using the new location technology to track when customers are delayed and remind them if they are eligible for compensation. Within a year customers signed up to the app could also receive automatic refunds under the firm's plans, saving them the hassle of having to apply for it.
The rail industry is also understood to be working on paperless season tickets and railcards to mitigate the need for customers to carry paper cards with them on journeys.
By next year railcard holders may be able to scan their cards into their smartphones for presentation onboard, and by 2018 paper railcards could be phased out altogether.
This article first appeared on www.telegraph.co.uk
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