As recommended in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, a new national flexible rail ticket, matching modern working habits and saving passengers hundreds of pounds, will be available to commuters across England once travel restrictions are lifted and will go on sale on 21 June, for use by 28 June.
The paperless tickets will allow travel on any eight days in a 28-day period. Passengers will be able to tap smartcards or scan mobiles at the station, with no need to select the days of travel in advance.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps 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.”
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 COVID-19.
Flexible season tickets and greater discounts are just one of a package of measures to reform the railways to put passengers first. The government has also announced it will explore new ‘design and ride’ standards to eradicate ‘ironing-board seating’, and efforts to ensure fewer repetitious and annoying pre-recorded announcements.