Rail passengers are currently facing dizzying prices for traveling by train throughout the UK. In fact, there are tens of millions of different fares.
Proposals aimed at making train trips more attractive Published under the biggest shake-up in the rail sector in decades.
So how does this planned refurbishment affect passengers and fares?
1. Will tickets be more flexible?
Yes, starting this summer, new flexible season tickets will be available to bridge the gap between daily and weekly passes.
The impact of the Covid crisis means that it is attractive not only to part-time commuters (working from home), but also to part-time workers.
Those who travel two days a week, as well as those who travel three days, will benefit in particular. For travelers four days a week, the impact is much less.
2. Will it be easier to understand?
Most railroad passengers stood in front of the ticketing machine at some point, scratching their heads with various misleading options. This is one of the reasons why half of all tickets were bought at the counter or sent by mail before the pandemic.
The report wants to make the system simpler, but that doesn’t mean you have fewer tickets to choose from.
The report states that there should actually be a wider range of advance tickets for long-distance travel.
The key to simplicity is whether digital ticket planning on a single website and app works well. In theory, it should show you the best and cheapest options for the journey you want to make.
3. Does that mean they will be cheaper?
This report does not specifically recommend making individual tickets cheaper or not increasing so quickly each year.
Instead, it says they should be of better value. For example, buying flexible tickets can cost you less than other methods.
Pre-purchased tickets will still be the cheapest.
In addition, pay-as-you-go technology similar to that used in London will automatically limit fares to the cheapest available rates. Therefore, by using the same payment card every day, the system recognizes that it has traveled enough to charge only weekly tickets.
More generally, more efficient rail networks should be cheaper to operate, but there is no guarantee that those savings will be returned to low-fare passengers.
4. I thought of a cheap travel method, will that change?
Some passengers use split tickets to make longer trips cheaper than a single fare. Many websites have emerged to help save them.
That meant that people who knew what to ask and where to look would travel cheaper.
The new system should ensure that finding the cheapest option will be much easier.
5. Is there still compensation for slow trains?
Yes, again, this system should be more automated.
Full or partial refunds will be given for trains arriving more than 15 minutes late or canceled. However, only 37% of passengers actually claim qualification.
According to the report, billing should be as easy as sending a notification to a passenger’s device with a single online system. Over time, automatic refunds should become more common.
6. Will it be easier to travel if I have a disability?
Only one-fifth of stations have step-free access to all platforms.
A full accessibility audit is planned, making it easier to plan ahead.
A broader strategy is designed to improve access throughout the journey, including getting to and from the station.
Significant improvements need to be made to improve the experience of passengers with disabilities.
7. Does this allow people to get on the train from the car?
It’s a much broader question to answer.
Remember that most of the UK commute (68%) was by car, van, or minibus before the blockade of Covid, but was most likely less than 15 minutes one way. stay here.
According to a survey, cost and convenience are the main reasons for commuters to jump into a car.
Although cycling is becoming more popular, the space for bicycles on the train is decreasing.
The plan aims to make more bicycle space available and improve joint tickets for travelers traveling by bus or train.
And the review hangs another carrot in front of a potential rail commuter.
“There are fewer announcements that are annoying and repeatedly recorded,” he says.