Could it be farewell to the machines and to those familiar orange tickets that tend to bury themselves away in the hidden parts of your jacket - just when the rail conductor steps into the carriage?
Technology, it seems, may be about to catch up with them. And whether that’s a good thing or not depends on your point of view.
The proposals for smartphone m-tickets were outlined by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin who joked that rail ticketing is so complex it should be the subject of a PhD programme. He may well mock. But undoubtedly there’ll be many who regard an m-ticket with a equal trepidation.