26 January 2016
Responding to Rail Minister Claire Perry’s speech at the Transport Ticketing and Passenger Information Conference heralding the end of paper rail tickets, Martin Abrams from Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“The death of the tangerine ticket is a distant dream and the Government knows it. £37 million has been spent on the South East Flexible Ticketing programme without delivering anything, and now the Minister is passing the buck onto train companies. The technology already exists, the Oyster smart ticketing system has been in place for 13 years in London, yet passengers outside the capital are being told they must now wait patiently until train operators deliver smart ticketing at some point in the future. Today’s speech shows that the Government has completely failed on smart ticketing and is now asking the private sector to bail it out. This is a sad day for rail passengers, particularly the thousands of part-time workers whose wait for the long promised part-time season tickets goes on.”
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Notes to Editors
- In September 2013 the Government announced the £80 million South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) programme to introduce smart Oyster-style ticketing across south east England and pilot a flexible, part-time season ticket on a commuter route into London. In December 2015 the Government admitted to having spent £37.64 million on SEFT, despite no pilot having taken place and no timescale for the introduction of flexible ticketing being set.
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