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Railways: Fares

Transport written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) with reference to the recommendations of the final independent report of the Rail Value for Money Study, whether he plans to work with Transport for London on improving interaction between the national rail fare system and the London travelcard area;

(2) with reference to the recommendations of the final independent report of the Rail Value for Money Study, whether he plans to give the Office of Rail Regulation a role in rail fare regulation;

(3) whether his Department is taking steps to implement the recommendation of the final independent report of the Rail Value for Money Study that train operating companies should be allowed to (a) end the distinction between commuter fares and protected fares and (b) widen the rail fares basket.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Department for Transport will be working closely with the relevant stakeholders over the next few months to analyse Sir Roy's recommendations and to agree proposals for the reform of the industry.

As a first step towards a fairer and more effective system of fares and ticketing, the Government will also carry out a fares review, and are currently considering the terms of reference, scope and timetable for this work, including the appropriate form of consultation.

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