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Flexible rail season tickets aimed at commuters who will, as the Covid lockdown eases, only travel into work for two or three days a week were launched on Monday (21 June).
Supplied by National Rail, the tickets will allow unlimited travel between two stations on any eight days in a 28-day period. They are designed to offer savings to part-time commuters travelling during peak hours for part of the week. Commuters can use them from 28 June.
With no need to select the days of travel in advance, the flexible season tickets allow passengers a guarantee that they can alter their bookings with no extra charge if their plans change. There will also be an online season ticket calculator to help commuters find the cheapest options.
Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, told the BBC the changes would help persuade people to choose rail travel again.
“Our research with passengers showed us there was strong demand for a new ticket that suited people who expected to commute less frequently in future," he said.
“This is a positive step towards much-needed longer-term reform of how rail tickets are sold. We also welcome the waiving of admin fees for changing tickets, which will help rebuild passenger confidence.”
But rail expert Tony Miles said commuters needed to be cautious because the new system offered a finite number of journeys unlike a true season ticket, which allowed peop