Girvan station set for ‘smart tickets’

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Ticket validating machines could soon become a reality at Girvan station if planning consent is given by South Ayrshire Council.

First Scotrail are currently rolling out a Smartcard project scheme across the country and are seeking listed building consent to install the validators.

The smart cards allow season ticket holders on Scotrail trains to use a plastic card for their season tickets.

This allows passengers access through the gates using a contactless reader on top of the gates.

The smartcard is loaded with the users ticket information and they can “top up” the card using ticket vending machines or at booking offices.

First Scotrail say that in order to fully utilise the smartcard system they need to install these validators at stations across the country including at Girvan station.

The validator at Girvan is set to be located at platform two at the station.

The validators could be removed at any time and are not permanent structures or changes to the station and they do not alter or affect the fabric of the building in anyway.

You can e-mail comments on the plans to by Wednesday July 23.

A spokesperson for Scotrail said: “ScotRail is leading the field among UK train operators in the developmentof Smart card technology and believes it represents the next generation of rail ticketing.”

The train operator confirmed that, subject to Landlord’s Consent, it is hoping to install Smart card ‘validator’ machines at Girvan station as part of a huge roll-out across Scotland.

Once Smart card ticketing is available on this route, the validators will allow Season Ticket holders to ‘touch’ in and out using their cards when arriving at, and departing from, stations.

Ticket validating machines are already in place on many routes at Scotrail stations including from Glasgow Central- Ayr and also from Glasgow Central- Ardrossan and Largs as well as Edinburgh- Glasgow.