FLEXIBLE season rail tickets have now gone on sale which have the potential to save passengers hundreds of pounds every year.
The new scheme is aimed at giving two and three-day-a-week train users more control over their commute.
The online ‘season ticket calculator’ will help passengers find the cheapest option as flexible season tickets went on sale from Monday and are in use from June 28.
And there is a new ‘book with confidence’ guarantee on advance tickets which allow passengers to rebook journeys or receive rail vouchers without an admin fee if plans change.
New national flexible rail tickets, matching modern working habits and saving passengers hundreds of pounds, will be available to commuters across England from Monday.
The launch of flexible season tickets is the first step in the reform of the railways, as part of the recently launched Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.
The paperless tickets will allow travel on any eight days in a 28-day period, with passengers able to tap smartcards or scan mobiles at the station, with no need to select the days of travel in advance.
To encourage more passengers to travel by rail, for the rest of this year (until December 31) train companies will also offer a ‘book with confidence’ guarantee, allowing people to rebook journeys or receive rail vouchers without an admin fee if their plans change.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Our railways work best when they are reliable, rapid and affordable.
“As we kickstart the biggest reforms to our railways in a generation flexible season tickets are the first step.
“They give us greater freedom and choice about how we travel, simpler ticketing and a fairer fare.
“With a season ticket calculator to see which option works best for you, and a book with confidence guarantee to make journeys stress-free, the future of fares is flexible.”
Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at the Rail Delivery Group, said they had worked with Government to introduce the new Flexi Season ticket to give commuters the freedom and flexibility to divide their time between home and the office.
“The rail industry is helping people travel and book with confidence by providing better journey information, boosting cleaning and helping them change a booked journey fee free should their circumstances change.”
This new national offer also reflects the long-term decline in the use of traditional season tickets and a change in working practices accelerated by the pandemic.
Visit nationalrail.co.uk for more.