(Yicai Global) Dec. 6 -- China's largest travel agency Ctrip and two local partners have launched a train ticketing app in the United Kingdom called TrainPal, with the eventual aim of making it the go-to app for global rail bookings.
TrainPal will take no commission for bookings and provides further cost-cutting through automated split ticketing, a practice of booking a journey in stages to achieve savings.
Amy Wei, head of TrainPal and group general manager of international train ticketing at Ctrip said "With the British government spending GBP 80 million (USD 101 million) on revolutionizing ticketing from paper to mobile and contactless, it's the perfect time to launch TrainPal in the UK market," Wei said.
She said Ctrip selected to debut TrainPal in the UK as it would prove its efficacy in the "most complicated rail market in the world".
UK-based online rail solutions provider Evolvi and British communications company Citizens Relations have both partnered with Ctrip to deliver the new transport application.