Flexible season tickets set to modernise rail travel

Grant Shapps
Grant Shapps

A new national flexible rail ticket is set to modernise the way we use for season tickets when its launched on 21st June.

The new ticket will help travellers save hundreds of pounds and match modern working habits where people work from home and visit the office on an occasional basis.

Aimed at people who commute 2 or 3 times per week the paperless ticket will allow travel on any 8 days in a 28 day period.

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, 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.”

The. new ticket means that a passenger traveling between Manchester and Liverpool twice a week could save over £220 against a traditional season ticket or individual fares.

Someone traveling 3 days a week between Chelmsford and Stratford could save as much as £330!

There flexible ticket is part of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail that the government set out today.