Flexible season tickets now on sale for Bishop's Stortford train commuters
New money-saving, flexible tickets are on sale for commuters using Greater Anglia trains to and from London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.
The train operator estimates travellers from Bishop's Stortford to the capital who make 141 journeys in a year – three times a week for 47 weeks – can save £395.
The launch of flexible season tickets from Monday (June 21) for use from Monday June 28 is part of wider railway reforms by the Government in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and a series of national lockdowns that has decimated passenger numbers.
The paperless tickets will allow travel on any eight days in a 28-day period, with passengers able to tap smartcards or scan their mobiles at the station. There is no need to select the days of travel in advance.
Commuters can visit an updated online 'season ticket calculator' website which will point people to the best tickets for them based on their journey, work pattern and individual needs.
To encourage more passengers to travel by train, for the rest of 2021, Greater Anglia, which also operates the Stansted Express service, will offer a "book with confidence" guarantee, allowing people to rebook journeys or receive rail vouchers without an administration fee if their plans change.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Our railways work best when they are reliable, rapid and affordable.
"As we kick-start the biggest reforms to our railways in a generation, flexible season tickets are the first step. They give us greater freedom and choice about how we travel, simpler ticketing and a fairer fare.
"With a season ticket calculator to see which option works best for you, and a 'book with confidence' guarantee to make journeys stress-free, the future of fares is flexible."
Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at the Rail Delivery Group, said: "We've worked with the Government to introduce the new Flexi Season ticket, which goes on sale today, to give commuters the freedom and flexibility to divide their time between home and the office.
"The rail industry is helping people travel and book with confidence by providing better journey information, boosting cleaning and helping them change a booked journey fee-free should their circumstances change."