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Evolvi Rail Systems and Chiltern Railways claim to have introduced the UK’s first plain paper train ticketing system available exclusively to corporate travellers.
The partnership means business users can book Chiltern’s ‘business zone’ premium economy service via TMCs using the EvolviNG online method and then print an RSP (Rail Settlement Plan) accredited plain paper ticket.
The system is designed as an extension to the current Evolvi fulfilment options, such as kiosk ticket printing and TOD (ticket-on-departure).
“This is the first pilot of plain paper ticketing exclusively for the business sector and we expect a strong take-up among corporate travellers, who have been telling us for some time that they would value the ability to print tickets at home, said Jon Reeve, Evolvi Rail Systems’ trade relations director.
However, Trainline.com disputed the two companies' claim to be first with the innovation. It said it had offered it to customers since May 2012, both direct and through TMCs.
Under the Evolvi partnership, corporate passengers will be able to travel on Chiltern’s Mainline Premium Economy Business Zone service between the West Midlands and London using an A4 printed paper ticket that also acts as a seat reservation. The Premium Economy package offers more spacious seats, plug points, free wifi, hot drinks and an at-seat steward service. It will appear as a fares option within the relevant EvolviNG booking search. John Davidson, head of sales and customer relations at Chiltern Railways added: "The ability to print a paper ticket in the office or at home certainly brings the concept of smart ticketing one step closer.”
Evolvi Rail Systems claims a 55% share of the UK corporate agency rail booking and fulfilment market. Its online platform is available exclusively to TMCs and last year accounted for over 5.5 million rail transactions with 540,000 TMC users.