I’m pleased that this month sees the introduction of new flexible season tickets for train travel.
If you work flexibly or part time, then the regular season ticket model can be hugely frustrating. I’ve been campaigning for fairer fares on our railways, with a ticketing model that better reflects how people live and work.
Under the new scheme, commuters can now purchase a flexible season ticket – allowing travel on any 8 days in a month. I know this will be welcomed by people who travel to work a couple of days a week.
As the success of our vaccine rollout continues, and more people are returning to some form of normal life, this new flexible season ticket is needed more than ever.
For commuters from Faversham, a flexible season ticket could save them £27.20 per week or £1,414.40 per year, compared to the cost of a peak day return ticket to London.
For commuters from Maidstone, moving to a flexible season ticket could save them £16.00 per week or £832.00 per year, based on a peak day return ticket to London.
This is another step in helping to make train travel more affordable and building back better from the pandemic.