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No more paper tickets for delta trains

All high-speed trains in the Yangtze River Delta region will stop issuing paper tickets by the end of December, the China Railway Shanghai Company said yesterday.

Passengers will only have to scan their ID cards, or permanent residency cards for foreigners, at turnstiles to board trains. For those with ID papers which can’t be scanned, a manual ticket channel will be opened.

In July, high-speed trains from Shanghai to Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, became the first route to use only digital tickets. By the end of October, more than 18.76 million digital tickets were sold.

Hangzhou East Railway Station, Hefei South Railway Station and another 45 stations in the delta will start selling digital tickets from today. The digital tickets mean that passengers will no longer be required to line up and collect paper tickets, China Railway said. And passengers won’t have to worry about losing their tickets.

When passengers make purchases at ticket windows or vending machines, they will only receive a receipt with the ticket information, which cannot be used as a ticket.


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