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Central effectively became a closed railway station today as fare gates were shut to paper ticket holders.
For the first time this morning, paper ticket holders had to have their ticket checked with Queensland Rail staff to be let through the fare gates.
Previously the fare gates remained open for paper ticket holders, who had to briefly flash their ticket to QR staff.
Six police officers with the Railway Squad and additional QR staff and ticket inspectors were on hand to oversee the transition, which has been deemed a success.
Commuter lobby group Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow said the transition was a smooth one, although he said more fare gates were needed for Go Card users.
"It was a pretty serious change in reality," Mr Dow said.
"It signals a beginning of more closed stations. Roma Street, Fortitude Valley, and eventually Indooroopilly and South Bank will go that way as well.
"That is not a bad thing, because it is helping to reduce fare evasion which helps no one in reality."
However, Mr Dow said better signage to direct Go Card users away from the main exit gates at Central Station to gates facing Edward Street and Creek Street would reduce congestion at touch off points.
"TransLink does need to ensure that as we move to a 100 per cent go card ticketing environment there is sufficient go card equipment in place on the network to allow safe and timely use," Mr Dow said.
Commuters were largely not fazed by the change, although one woman, who requested not to be named, said being made to wait for QR staff to open the gate was somewhat "frustrating".
"I'm a hurry on my way to work and this is just not good enough," she said.
The state government intends to phase out all paper tickets, including monthly and weekly saver passes, in an attempt to force commuters to take up electronic Go Cards, by the end of the year.
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