Published On: Sun, Jul 13th, 2014 on 3:41 pm

Huddersfield passengers to be able to use smartcards on trains

St Georges Square Huddersfield

The Department for Transport (DfT) is to invest £153,000 to upgrade ticket gates at Huddersfield’s railway station.

Passengers will hereby be able to use smartcards to travel and be able to use the West Yorkshire MCard to purchase rail fares when tapping in at the station gates.

It is reported that almost two-and-a-half million passengers use the station every year.

Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill, said: “As part of our long-term economic plan we are investing record amounts to deliver a railway fit for the 21st century. That means harnessing the latest technology to offer the best possible services for passengers.

“Smartcards are a key part of that, offering greater flexibility and ease of use for passengers. I am delighted we are able to roll out this technology at Huddersfield Station.”

Smartcards, also known as MCards, have been rolled out by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and are similar in style to London’s hugely popular Oyster scheme.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee Chair, Cllr James Lewis, said: “After Bradford Interchange and Leeds, Huddersfield will become the third major West Yorkshire station to have smart-enabled gates.

“Smart enabling the gates at Huddersfield station represent another important step in rolling out smartcard ticketing across West Yorkshire.”

The upgrade to ticket gates in Huddersfield is expected to be completed by December 2014.

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