Rail ticket revolution

15-09-2008 Red Funnel has replaced its rail ticketing software with a new high performance system called FasTIS from Cubic Transportation Systems.


FasTIS has been installed at Red Funnel's East and West Cowes ticket offices and provides access to the full UK rail timetable and the fares/ticket product database.

The new system is designed for high speed operation and can handle seat reservations, assisted travel bookings and will print personal travel itineraries at the touch of a button.

Island customers can now purchase a full range of combined ferry and rail tickets that can be read by the automatic gates found at many stations.

The use of magnetic encoded ticket stock also permits the sale of Travelcards to London that allow unlimited travel on National Rail, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink and most London Bus services.

Customers can also purchase combined ferry/rail tickets that include admission to events and attractions like Legoland, Thorpe Park, Chessignton World of Adventure, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court to name just a few.

Jonathan Green Sales & Marketing Director commented "The new Cubic system has transformed the way combined ferry/rail tickets are sold with transactions taking less than 90 seconds. The ability to sell London Travelcards is also a major bonus for customers using the quickest route between London and the Isle of Wight."

Matt Brander Head of IT for Red Funnel commented "Cubic's FasTIS solution was selected after a detailed review of accredited TIS suppliers. FasTIS met our performance criteria for ease of use, speed of operation and reliability. It also has the ability to interface with our MIS platform and is compatible with the new ITSO smart card schemes."

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