New flexible rail tickets go on sale today, with the Government saying they could save commuters hundreds of pounds.
New national flexible rail tickets will be available to commuters across England from next week.
The paperless tickets, which go on sale today, 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.
Commuters can visit an updated online ‘season ticket calculator’, which will point people to the best tickets for them based on their journey, working pattern and individual needs.
For the rest of the year people will also be able to rebook journeys or receive rail vouchers without an admin fee if their plans change.
Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations and Regions at the Rail Delivery Group, said: “We’ve worked with government to introduce the new Flexi Season ticket, which goes on sale today, to give commuters the freedom and flexibility to divide their time between home and the office…This new national offer also reflects the long-term decline in the use of traditional season tickets, with a change in working practices having been accelerated by the outbreak of coronavirus.”
The Government says that analysis shows that part-time commuters buying multiple new flexible season tickets could potentially save hundreds of pounds when compared to the cost of daily tickets, for instance, a three day week commute from Chelmsford to Stratford could save a person over £350 a year.
However, some have criticised the tickets because they say the saving is minimal and gets eaten up by tube costs in London which may have been previously included in their season ticket.