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Campaigners call for part-time rail season tickets to help flexible workers

11 November 2016

Campaigners support new campaign to find a better and more flexible way of commuting and call for the introduction of a rail season ticket to help part-time workers. 

As Work Wise UK kicks off its campaign to find smarter ways to commute and improve working practices with its ‘Commute Smart Week 2016’, (Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 November),  Campaign for Better Transport is calling on the Government and train operating companies to introduce flexible ticketing for part-time workers. 

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“More and more people now want to work part-time or more flexibly and businesses need to be encouraged to do their part and adopt a more flexible approach to working hours. 

“However, this is not helped when the current season ticket system means that people who do not wish to work full-time can only buy a full priced season ticket or one-off expensive tickets, which means they are paying hundreds of pounds to travel on days they do not work. 

“We need to see a ticketing system that reflects modern working patterns and makes rail travel affordable for the 8.5 million people who work part-time or regularly work from home. It is time for the Government to work with train operating companies and take urgent action to ensure part-time commuters get the same discounts as full-time commuters.”  

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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

- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).

- Read more about Campaign for Better Transport’s fares and ticketing work here 

- Launched in 2006, Work Wise UK, is a, not-for-profit, campaign and development organisation whose primary mission is to make the UK one of the most progressive economies in the world by introducing Smarter Working practices and increasing the UK’s ranking in the Developed Nations Productivity League. 

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