Flexible Season Tickets Launch in England

English commuters are now able to purchase flexible season tickets. These can be used for travel from 28 June.

This is in response to the long-term decline of traditional season ticket use, with a change in working practices accelerated by Covid-19.

Image courtesy of Network Rail

The introduction of these new flexible tickets is the first step in the reform of the railways, as part of the recently launched Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.

The paperless tickets allow travel on any eight days in a 28-day period, with passengers able to tap smartcards or scan mobiles at the station and 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 and working patterns.

To encourage more passengers to travel by rail, for the rest of this year train companies will also offer a book with confidence guarantee, which allows people to rebook journeys or receive rail vouchers without an admin fee.

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 to give commuters the freedom and flexibility to divide their time between home and the office.

“The rail industry is helping people travel and book with confidence by providing better journey information, boosting cleaning and helping them change a booked journey fee free should their circumstances change.”

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