RAIL passengers have the chance to win back the cost of their Smart season ticket thanks to Northern's £500,000 giveaway.

Running until January 2020, customers who renew their Northern Smart season ticket or switching from paper season ticket for a Smart can enter a monthly prize draw to win back its cash value up to £200.

The draws are open to anyone with a Smart season ticket valid on Northern services plus customers with Merseyside Railpass; Greater Manchester Traincard; West Yorkshire MCard ‘Bus & Rail’ and TravelMaster SYConnect+.

David Brown, Northern’s managing director, said: “This giveaway comes quickly after the unprecedented success of our summer promotion in which we sold more than 80,000 10p tickets in fewer than five days.

“The customer adoption of Smart tickets has gone over and above our expectations.

"Now rolled out across our entire network, and with this giveaway, we will see many more people move from paper season tickets to the Smart version with the added incentive of possibly winning back the value of their ticket.”

The giveaway coincides with launch of more new trains on to the Northern network, with 20 percent of the 101 new trains now in service.

Available as a weekly, monthly or yearly electronic pass, the Smart season ticket can be renewed at any time on a device of their choice - Android smartphone, computer, ticket machine or at a ticket office.

Once a customer has bought a valid ticket, entry is easy; simply enter a few details at www.northernrailway.co.uk/winsmart

For more information and to request a free personalised card online, customers can visit northernrailway.co.uk/smart or visit their nearest Northern ticket office.