Our new commuter Smartcard is arriving
Welcome to the London Northwestern Railway Smartcard
We are pleased to launch our new Smartcard on London Northwestern Railway. You will be able to use a Smartcard to purchase Weekly, Monthly and Annual season tickets for travel on our services.
You will be able to apply for your Smartcard online and once received, purchase tickets to load to your Smartcard from our website or from our Ticket Vending Machines located at stations.
If you would like to participate in our Smartcard scheme, please complete the web form at the bottom of this page and we will contact you with guidance on how to apply for a Smartcard.
Where can I use a Smartcard?
Initially, Smartcard tickets will be available for the following areas of our network:
- West Coast Main Line – all stations between Kings Langley and Long Buckby
- The Abbey Line between Watford North and St Albans Abbey
- The Marston Vale Line between Bletchley and Bedford
Later we will be able to offer season tickets and Travelcards into the London area, to cover tickets for stations between Watford Junction and London Euston, as well as Travelcards across the TfL area. Further information will be announced once those tickets are available to purchase.
The benefits of Smartcard
Using a Smartcard for your Season Ticket is much quicker. You no longer need to queue at a ticket office to purchase your Season Ticket, simply buy it online at your convenience and then present your card at a gate or ticket machine to load your Season Ticket product to your Smartcard.
If you travel through a station with automatic ticket gates, you'll no longer need to feed your ticket through the gate. Simply touch your Smartcard on the reader.
Smartcards are plastic and are much tougher than paper tickets. This means they're more durable so you're less likely to need a replacement.
You must collect your Season Ticket from your chosen collection station before you travel. Please allow a minimum of two hours before collecting your Season Ticket.
Frequently Asked Smartcard Questions
To read the most frequently asked questions regarding Smartcard:
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If you would like to receive more information from us regarding our Smartcard scheme, or take part in our Smartcard trial, please enter your details below: