Paper Transport Tickets: Can we save them?

Friday August 12, 2022

In this day and age, everything is becoming digitalised, and the number of people and businesses having an online presence is ever-growing. A significant trend that we have noticed here at BPC UK is that many transport ticket companies are also offering digitalised options. Huge public transport corporations, mainly rail ticket suppliers and airlines such as Trainline, National Rail, Ryanair, and EasyJet, now have apps available for you to download your boarding tickets. Many also have the option for you to download your tickets straight to your mobile devices through emails, text messages, and QR codes.


But what does this mean for ticket suppliers and people in the paper trade?

Despite some people opting to have digital versions of their transport tickets instead of paper ones, there are still many who prefer the latter. From the outset it may seem e-ticketing is easier and quicker to use, however, apps and mobile devices can also have their problems. For you to use a digital ticket your device must be charged, but what if your device drains quickly and you don’t have access to a charger? You must also have access to Wi-Fi or data roaming to use the majority of apps, but what if you’re in a bad location or area with no signal? People forget that there are still many downfalls to digital tickets and there will be obstacles that arise.

Although e-ticket transport tickets are not going anywhere, neither are paper ones!


Advantages of using paper tickets

Depending on where you travel, not all places accept e-tickets, therefore having a physical copy of your ticket will always be the safer option.

Some people are more tech-savvy than others, if we keep paper transportation tickets in circulation the journey for many people will run a lot smoother.

Paper tickets offer substantial evidence that a journey has been paid for, providing more people with trust and a feeling of security.

Many transport ticket suppliers, including ourselves, are also using sustainably resourced materials. People have a misunderstanding that paper tickets cause harm to our environment, when nowadays, ticket suppliers promote a healthy market for forest products. There is a total of 428 million hectares of forestry that is certified under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Global Campaign, Choose Paper, states that the energy used by the technological sector is 3.6% of the total global energy consumption, and adds 1.4% to the total emission of CO2. Whereas the print and paper industry only accounts for 1% of global CO2 emissions! Maybe e-tickets are causing more harm than you think.


Here at BPC UK, we manufacture numerous types of transport tickets that can be supplied plain or printed. We are specialists in the paper industry and have provided high-quality paper products to our customers since 1977, so you can rely on us for paper transportation tickets that are also FSC certified. If you require more information about our transport tickets or our other paper products, please contact us today and our team will be more than happy to help.


Closeup hand with train ticket from self service machine

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