Railways: Tickets

Department for Transport written question – answered on 15th April 2019.

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Photo of Martin Vickers Martin Vickers Conservative, Cleethorpes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many amendments his Department has made to the rail ticketing and settlement agreement since the establishment of that scheme.

Photo of Martin Vickers Martin Vickers Conservative, Cleethorpes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the rail ticketing and settlement agreement, and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Martin Vickers Martin Vickers Conservative, Cleethorpes

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has plans to reform the rail ticketing and settlement agreement to enable a more (a) transparent, (b) innovative and (c) simpler fares and ticketing system.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

The Ticketing and Settlement Agreement (TSA) is maintained and managed by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) on behalf of the train operators. It is for the industry to propose changes to the TSA, and for Secretary of State to approve those changes where he is required to do so. The RDG has submitted to the Williams Rail Review its proposals for reform of the fares system, including reform of the TSA, and we are ready to work with the industry to consider how its proposals might work and be tested in the real world.

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