Rail companies urged to offer discounts for flexible staff
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.”