It’s not just nightclubs reopening you can get excited about on the 21 June – new flexible season tickets for commuters’ post-pandemic work patterns will be available too.
For workers travelling to and from, as well as through, London flexi ‘carnet’ tickets will come as a huge relief.
As life slowly trickles back to some kind of normality – barring the India variant spreading – so too will going back into the office, although lockdown has made many businesses rethink their need for people being in the office.
Months of Zoom meetings have made managers and employees alike realise they are just as, if not more, efficient working from home.
Even if it does mean having to say the dreaded “you’re on mute” three times a day.
It’s also made people yearn for human interaction more than ever, so balances are being struck on splitting up the week some days at home and some days in the office.
That’s where the new railcard comes in.
New changes will see a rollout of pay as you go, contactless payments and digital payments on smartphones from June 21.
The ‘carnet’ tickets will allow travel for any eight days in a 28 day period.
People travelling only two to three days a week could save hundreds of pounds a year according to ministers.
There will be easier refund systems and community groups will get the chance to takeover branch lines.
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A new public body called Great British Railways will be set up to oversee all services, from collecting revenue to setting fares and timetables.
But what about the Underground services?
The Department for Transport said: “Flexible season tickets are a rail-only product that are being introduced nationwide.
“Passengers in London already have an advanced customer offer with Oyster, providing a fully integrated service across all transport modes with fares managed by Transport for London.
“Contactless pay-as-you-go offers the greatest flexibility for those who do not want to commit to travelling.”
They continue: “However, commuters regularly travelling two to three days a week are unlikely to reach the weekly cap using contactless, therefore missing out on discounted travel.
“We think there is space in the market for the two products to work alongside one another.”
As the rail service reinvents itself keep an eye on news about the Underground, which we hope will collaborate with the new flexi-season ticket.
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