China offers joined-up rail ticketing to belt and road countries

  • China has developed an all-in-one train ticketing system that can unite the widely different ticket selling platforms in more than 140 countries on a smartphone app, according to the top national rail science academy.
  • The system has been tailor-made for member countries of China’s Belt and Road Initiative – the world’s largest infrastructure investment campaign launched in 2013 – and will automatically access and coordinate their ticket selling platforms.
  • Laos, in the heart of Southeast Asia, is the first country to sign up to the platform, with travellers using their smartphones to book tickets from 15 Mar.
  • Instead of the USD, the belt and road ticket machine will use Swiss francs as its standard currency for international exchange.
  • The move would significantly reduce transport and travel costs as well as speed up economic development and deepen China’s ties with the region.

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