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Article from BTNews 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

Rail fares set for shake-up

Moves to make rail travel easier for passengers with simpler, cheaper fares and improvements to the ticketing process were backed by the Department for Transport (DfT) last week.

Contactless Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) journeys are being introduced for journeys at Potters Bar, Radlett and Brookmans Park as part of the department’s smart ticketing rollout, also being extended to Luton Airport and Welwyn Garden City later this year.

The department has also backed a ticket-booking trial being launched by LNER in January of a new fare system that it says will boost confidence and flexibility with the potential also to save passengers money.

Designed to make travelling on trains simpler and clearer, the system involves removing return tickets on trial routes from London to Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh, and introducing cheaper single-leg tickets.

Passengers between London and Edinburgh buying a ticket at the station currently pay £146.40 for a Super Off-Peak single ticket or £147.40 for a Super Off-Peak return. Under the trial, the Super Off-Peak Single will be £73.70.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “PAYG arrangements at Potters Bar, Radlett and Brookmans Park will help make travel cheaper, quicker and easier while the LNER trial will save many people money with substantially cheaper single tickets.”

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Edward Harrison, Yeovil

Today (August 2019) super off peak single are valid day of issue ONLY. Super off peak retturns are valid out on day shown on ticket return within 1 month. If the single restriction remains the same the "flexibility" is reduced if you don't know when you want to come back.

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