A TRAIN company running services through Huddersfield is providing customers with a “virtual” ticket to make rail travel that bit easier.
First TransPennine Express (FTPE) has updated its mobile app so that customers travelling to and from Manchester Airport can use their phone as a ticket.
FTPE introduced a mobile app in October last year to allow customers to buy tickets and plan their journeys.
This app has now been updated to give customers purchasing Airport Advance tickets the chance to receive their ticket in a digital format, known as an mTicket.
The app works on almost any phone. The mTickets could eventually be rolled out on all FTPE routes, but at present are only available for direct journeys to and from Manchester Airport.
Customers can pay for tickets by credit or debit card with no booking fee. All transactions are protected by award-winning, certified security software.
Once purchased, customers can collect their tickets from booking offices or ticket machines or opt for the mTicket.
Tickets to or from Manchester Airport that are purchased via the app will automatically be made available to customers on their phone.
The updated App will also provide customers with train times, fares and live departures and arrivals from their local station.
It also lets customers buy group tickets for up to eight people and synchronises with the FTPE website – www.tpexpress.co.uk – so all mobile and web purchases can be seen in one place.
The app allows users to buy tickets and check times for all the UK’s train services and is free to download.
To date, almost 8,000 customers have downloaded the FTPE App – which can be done by texting shortcode ‘TPEAPP’ to 86688.
Texts will be charged at users standard text message rate.