Revolutionary new technology that will do away with ticketing barriers at train stations and get rid of the need to buy physical tickets could be rolled out across the UK.
Hitachi Rail is developing technology that will track when its passengers board and leave trains, charging them the correct fare for their journey.
The system would use sensors on trains that would detect an app on a customer’s phone as they board.
The tech is being trialled in Italy but could be rolled out across the UK if proved to be a success, for use on buses, trams and trains.
Hitachi Rail UK has said it is too early in the process to say where the sensors would be built.
However, the company has a train manufacturing factory in County Durham and uses dozens of local suppliers to create its carriages.