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Government and train operators letting down part-time workers, say campaigners

1 October 2015

Thousands of part-time and flexible workers who commute to work by rail on the new Thameslink Govia Railway are set to miss out after the promised and long awaited introduction of flexible smart ticketing hit the buffers and missed a key franchise commitment.

Thameslink's smart carnet tickets, where passengers could buy bundles of 5, 10, 15 or 20 tickets on a smart card were supposed to be introduced by 30 September 2015 and there's no indication from the Train Operator or the Department for Transport when this will now happen.

These smart carnets would make buying tickets simpler and more affordable whilst introducing much needed flexibilty for people who work part-time or flexible hours.

Martin Abrams, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“It is bitterly disappointing that the government and train operators simply cannot get their act together and give the army of part-time commuters what they want: simple, flexible and affordable tickets.

"This means that ever increasing numbers of part-time workers must continue to buy expensive one-off tickets, or season tickets which they then waste on the days they don't work.

"The government and train operators need to stop dragging their feet and provide a clear timetable for when these much needed flexible tickets will be introduced, not just on Thameslink but across the whole of the UK rail network."

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For further information please contact: 

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk
 
Notes to editors

•    Read Campaign for Better Transport’s research on flexible ticketing here - UK lagging way behind Europe, when it comes to flexible rail tickets

•    There are currently 8.36 million part-time workers in the UK - Labour Market Statistics, The Office of National Statistics.

•    Campaign for Better Transports’ Fair Fares Now campaign calls for cheaper, fairer and simpler train fares.   

 

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