MP: Rail fares must move with the timesJun 05, 2018
Iain Stewart is leading calls for the government and the rail industry to introduce simpler and more flexible ticketing options. He says that fares have fallen behind the needs and wants of commuters.
Mr Stewart pictured, MP for Milton Keynes South, was speaking at the start of a three-month public consultation by the Rail Delivery Group into the UK’s rail fares and ticketing system.
In an article for the Conservative Home political blog, Mr Stewart said: “The system has not changed, while the way we live and work has.
The number of people in part-time work and self-employment has increased by over a third in 22 years. Increasingly flexible working patterns mean that we no longer ask for the same standard range of tickets that we used to, with the total number of season ticket journeys taken last year falling by 21 million on the year before.”
Mr Stewart has previously mentioned the idea of off-peak season tickets during the consultation phase of the recent West Coast Mainline tendering process which ended with London North Western Railway taking over from London Midland.
He said: “I am calling on my constituents, and all those with an interest or a stake in the change to feed into this consultation to help make fares easier for everyone, now and for the long-term.
“The railway has moved on, now fares and ticketing must do too.”