APTIS is the Accountancy and Passenger Ticket Issuing System used on Rail transport in Great Britain until 2007. (It was originally called The Advanced Passenger Ticket Issuing System as it was being developed at the time of the Advanced Passenger Train)
It was widely known as the All-Purpose Ticket-Issuing System, a description which was used during the development of the prototype devices.
APTIS could issue receipts for passengers paying by debit card or credit card. These receipts were a combination of a transparent carbonless copy paper top copy, for the customer; and a backing card, for retention by British Rail. The customer signed the receipt, handed it back; and, in return, was given the signed top copy and the train tickets.
APTIS, along with the portable system PORTIS, was adopted as part of British Rail's £31 million investment, which was authorised in 1983. The production APTIS machines had 300 kB of memory; this could be upgraded to 500 kB.
Some 2,971 APTIS machines were scheduled to be installed at 1,600 staffed British Rail stations between August 1985 and September 1987.
Railway Magazine, March 1988, reported that the last of British Rail's Edmondson printing presses, located at their Paper and Printing Centre, Crewe, had been shut down. The last BR station to sell Edmondson tickets prior to full APTIS conversion was Emerson Park, on the Network SouthEast Romford to Upminster Line, on 29 June 1989.
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