Subway passengers in Glasgow will be the first in Scotland to replace their tickets with mobile phones.

The use of mobiles phones instead of smartcards will be trialled on the clockwork orange in the coming months.

Commuters will be able to download a special app that will let them top up remotely and open gates at underground stations using their phones during the trial, which is expected to launch sometime between April and September.

A spokesperson for Strathclyde Partnership for Transport told the Scotsman: "We will be looking at a pilot project which will allow smartcards to be loaded onto Android smartphones so you will be able to use your phone at the gate to access the subway."

The city's underground network is currently undergoing a £300 million overhaul.