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Ireland Revolutionises Train Travel: E-Tickets to Replace Traditional Queues Starting Today

Dublin: In a groundbreaking move, Ireland bids farewell to the era of standing in line to purchase train tickets as e-tickets become the norm for all intercity trains, effective this Tuesday. The introduction of the e-ticket option was officially announced for London Road.

This progressive shift means that passengers will no longer need to navigate ticket counters, marking a significant departure from the conventional ticket-buying process. Over the past few months, the electronic system was initially introduced for low-fare semi-flex tickets and is now being extended to encompass all ticket levels from the 23rd.

Barry Kenny, the corporate communications manager at Irish Rail, elucidated that QR codes have been strategically placed at train entrances, mirroring the convenience seen at airports. This user-friendly option can be effortlessly selected when booking tickets online. Additionally, for those who prefer a physical ticket, this choice remains available. However, it’s worth noting that this change won’t apply to Enterprise journeys, as it involves a collaborative service with Northern Irish Railways.

Simultaneously, while the anticipation for contactless payments on buses, Luas, Dart, and commuter trains in the Dublin area has been building for years, the implementation is still pending. Authorities now project that this much-anticipated feature will be realized between 2025 and 2026.

Feljin Jose of the Dublin Commuters Coalition expressed relief at this long-overdue change, emphasising that the TFI Go app will now enable many people to conveniently utilise public transport. This environmentally conscious move has also garnered support from Irish doctors, who view it as a positive step in the right direction.

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