CrossCountry trains has unveiled a smartphone app which lets users check train times, search for fares and download digital tickets to their mobile.
The free app can be used to plan and buy tickets for journeys across the UK, not just CrossCountry routes.
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Simple ticket app
Which? trains expert Richard Dilks said: ‘Anything which makes train travel easier is a good thing.
‘The information on the app from CrossCountry sounds very useful, and we hope it encourages other train companies.
‘Downloading a ticket to your mobile can be very convenient, but check that the system works – Virgin Trains’ mobile ticketing has had problems in the past.’
Smartphone ticket sales
Travellers can use the app to buy mobile ‘m-tickets’ for around 2,000 CrossCountry Advance fare journeys. Digital ticket purchases are stored on the phone and have a scannable barcode which can be verified by ticket inspectors.
Tickets for other routes can be purchased via the app but need to be printed at home or collected from a station.
No booking fees
Tickets booked via the app won’t attract booking fees, as can be the case with some third-party booking sites.
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The CrossCountry app can be downloaded from iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Nokia app stores.
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