ScotRail has announced it will roll out 29 touch-screen machines at stations across Scotland in a near-£500,000 project to speed up ticket-buying.
The card-only vending machines – being phased in this month, starting today – will allow faster transactions and make it easier for customers to purchase tickets before boarding trains at 16 staffed and 13 unstaffed stations.
And it is the first time that ScotRail has had any form of ticket outlet at 11 of the stations – including Lochwinnoch, Kilmaurs, Carntyne and Dumbarton East.
Sean Duffy, ScotRail’s commercial director, said: “The touch-screen machines will make a real difference for our customers by making it faster and easier to buy tickets.
“In particular, they will benefit people using stations that previously had no ticket-buying facilities.”
He added: “This six-figure investment highlights our ongoing commitment to further enhancing Scotland’s railways.”
The 11 stations that previously had no ScotRail ticket outlets are Bellgrove, Carntyne, Coatdyke, Dalry, Dumbarton East, Dunlop, Hillfoot, Kilmaurs, Lochwinnoch, Pollokshaws West, and Thornliebank.
Other stations receiving the machines are Barassie, Bellshill, Burnside, Carluke, Croy, East Kilbride, Giffnock, Hairmyres, Inverness, King’s Park, Largs, Partick, Pollokshields East, Prestwick Town, Rutherglen, Shettleston, Troon, and Whitecraigs.
The TicketXpress Lite machines, with 15in colour touch screens, enable fast, safe transactions using major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
The total £485,000 spend includes installation, project management, licensing, power and data supply costs.
Cash can be used to buy tickets at staffed stations and on trains when departing from unstaffed stations.