Flexible rail season tickets to be launched

Part-time rail commuters in England will be able to save hundreds of pounds a year on certain routes with new flexible season tickets, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

The carnet-style tickets will allow travel on any eight days in a 28-day period.

They are being introduced as part of the Government’s sweeping reforms of the railway.

The DfT said potential annual savings compared with buying daily tickets for passengers who commute two days a week include:

– Woking to London: More than £250
– Liverpool to Manchester: More than £220
– Stafford to Birmingham: More than £160

For people commuting three times per week, here are three potential savings:

– St Albans City to London: More than £220
– Bromsgrove to Birmingham: More than £120
– Weston-Super-Mare to Bristol Temple Meads: More than £90

Tickets will be on sale from June 21.

The new system has been brought in as a result of a long-term decline in the use of traditional season tickets, plus an increase in homeworking due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A general view of Chiltern Railways trains in the platforms at Marylebone Station, central London (Nick Ansell/PA)
A general view of Chiltern Railways trains in the platforms at Marylebone Station, central London (Nick Ansell/PA)

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “For many, the idea of travelling five days a week to the office is fast becoming a relic of the past.

“The future is flexible: passengers want a simple, stress-free option, and new flexible tickets make fares fairer.

“As we kickstart the biggest reform of our railways in a generation, we’re committed to creating a modern railway that works for its passengers.”