Flexible rail season tickets being planned

Commuters are to be offered flexible season tickets as part of the Government’s plan to get workers back to offices.

An exclusive report in the Sunday Telegraph says new flexi-tickets – which will save workers hundreds of pounds – will be introduced in time for June 21, when the Government is due to relax its “work from home” message.

It says the tickets can be used for two or three days a week and will be designed to fit in with the new expectations of millions of new home workers.

A Department for Transport source told The Telegraph that the flexible rail season tickets will be available to buy at stations in England “in the first half” of this year.

It mentions that last week, Boris Johnson said commuting would be back “in a few short months if all goes according to plan”, while the head of the UK’s train companies warned that daily rail commuting risks becoming a “discretionary activity” and home workers needed a better deal on ticketing to tempt them back.

There has been pressure since well before the pandemic for season tickets to be overhauled for years, with leading behavioural scientist Rory Sutherland of Ogilvy warning in 2017 that it was a “Victorian idea” which “incentives people to travel at the busiest times”.

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