From Campaign for Better Transport <[email protected]>
Subject Flexible season tickets are here at last 🚄
Date June 25, 2021 2:37 PM
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But will the savings be good enough to encourage people back on board trains?

Let's make transport better, greener and fairer for all.
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** Flexible season tickets are here at last


We've campaigned for years for people who commute part-time to be offered an alternative to full-time rail season tickets. The need has been made more urgent by the growing number of people expecting to split their time between home and the office: our survey ([link removed]) showed that just 39% of workers plan to travel in to their workplace every day in future.

At last, this week, flexible season tickets went on sale across the country. But our celebration was muted. Unfortunately, the new tickets don't seem to offer the kind of savings we had hoped for and aren't comparable to the discounts for people commuting full time. We fear that they may turn out to be a real missed opportunity.

We'll keep campaigning for more fundamental reform to rail fares and ticketing, as our latest blog ([link removed]) explains.

** Climate change: bold action needed

This was also the week that the Climate Change Committee published its annual report ([link removed]) on how well the UK is doing at reducing carbon emissions. It clearly showed the need for bolder action to shrink transport's carbon footprint.

The report says that road building which would lead to more emissions should not go ahead:
"Decisions on investment in roads should be contingent on analysis... [which] should demonstrate that the proposals would not lead to increases in overall emissions."
- Climate Change Committee report

The report also recommends that the Government should keep supporting public transport during this crisis period to avoid devastating service cuts. It says positive messaging will be vital to encourage people back on board, but price will be crucial too: public transport should be made more affordable in relation to driving.

If you agree, please take a minute to add your name to our public transport campaign. Thousands of people have now added their names - we really hope you will too!
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All the very best

The Campaign for Better Transport team

P.S. You might also like our blog, Four numbers that show why public transport is vital ([link removed]) . We think the statistics are pretty eye-opening... will you be surprised?

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