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£360 million investment to transform rail ticketing across the country

Contactless pay-as-you-go ticketing to be rolled out across the commuter networks of the Midlands and North over the next 3 years.

Andy Burnham warns 'the North is united' on new rail plan and should be built with 'golden link'

The Greater Manchester mayor backed the 'Choose the North' campaign as the government prepares to unveil its rail spending plans

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

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  • £360M investment to transform rail ticketingOver the next 3 years, the government will roll out contactless pay-as-you-go ticketing across the commuter networks of the Midlands and North – introducing London-style price caps and greater integration with local bus and tram networks.   This is just the first stage of the government’s commitment to roll out convenient and modern digital ticketing across the whole rail network, improving thousands of daily commutes, simplifying journeys and ensuring passengers are charged the best price.   It will also help to create a rail network that will not only deliver the types ...
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