Rail com­pa­nies urged to of­fer dis­counts for flex­i­ble staff

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By He­lena Hor­ton

PAS­SEN­GER groups have urged all rail com­pa­nies to of­fer dis­count tick­ets for part-time work­ers af­ter South West­ern Rail­way in­tro­duced a 10-ticket dis­count.

More staff than ever opt to work re­motely from home once or twice a week. Cam­paign­ers have ar­gued that it is un­fair for a flex­i­ble, part-time or re­mote worker to pay for five days a week of rail travel when they only com­mute three or four times.

South West­ern Rail­way has launched a dis­counted car­net ticket for those who travel reg­u­larly but not of­ten enough to ben­e­fit from a sea­son ticket.

Cus­tomers get a 5 per cent dis­count when buy­ing 10 one-day tick­ets for use be­tween the same ori­gin and des­ti­na­tion sta­tions.

Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, said: “Part-time sea­son tick­ets are some­thing many of my con­stituents have been call­ing for. How­ever there are no op­tions cur­rently on the South­ern Rail net­work for them to buy a part time sea­son ticket. This would make a huge dif­fer­ence to the cost of com­mut­ing.”

The Cam­paign for Bet­ter Trans­port said: “The way that com­pa­nies sell sea­son tick­ets hasn’t evolved with the way peo­ple work.”

The Govern­ment has re­cently an­nounced a re­view into the rail­ways, and many com­muter groups want tick­et­ing to be sim­pler and cheaper.

Dar­ren Shirley, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Cam­paign for Bet­ter Trans­port, said: “The rail tick­et­ing sys­tem has failed to keep up with the changes in the way peo­ple work.”

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