Work complete at Billericay station
Passengers using Billericay rail station are benefiting from improved facilities, thanks to improvement works carried out by Abellio Greater Anglia.
Work to install new automatic ticket gates at the station, six in the ticket hall and four on platform 2, is now complete. The new gates, fitted with special barcode readers, will allow passengers to buy and receive most of the train operator’s tickets (via the mobile app) straight to their mobile phones and scan them through the barcode readers to access the platforms.
The investment will help to reduce the use of paper tickets and also reduce queues at ticket machines and ticket gates.
Up to eight m-tickets can be purchased in one transaction using the Abellio Greater Anglia or Trainline apps. Once the tickets have been purchased, passengers simply need to scan the barcode at the ticket barriers when they travel.
Customers can buy tickets including advanced purchase and walk-up fares for any journey across the operator’s network (this includes peak journeys into London Liverpool Street but these must be collected from the station ticket machine prior to travel).
This enhancement will provide increased flexibility for passengers who can purchase tickets via their mobile phones, wherever they are.
Andy Camp, Commercial Director, Abellio Greater Anglia, said: “We are very pleased to be one of the first operators to introduce mobile ticketing. The introduction of mobile tickets provides a wealth of benefits to passengers, and will make travelling simpler and more convenient by eliminating queues and paper tickets.”
In addition, repairs have also been made to the platforms at Billericay station, and general maintenance has been carried out to the platform coper edging stones, surfaces and drainage.
Abellio Greater Anglia’s Head of Customer Services - East, Neil Grabham, said, “Abellio Greater Anglia is committed to upgrading stations across the network to improve the travelling experience. The improvements carried out at Billericay station have created a safer, smarter station environment for our customers and help to reduce ticketless travel. We will be doing everything we can to minimise inconvenience and thank customers for their patience whilst this work is carried out.”