Railways: Compensation

Department for Transport written question – answered on 30th September 2019.

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Photo of Stephen McPartland Stephen McPartland Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee, Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make it his policy to allow rail season ticket holders to reclaim a sum calculated by applying the basic rate of tax to the cost of their season ticket.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

There are no ongoing discussions between the Department and Her Majesty’s Treasury about allowing rail season ticket holders to reclaim a sum calculated by applying the basic rate of tax to the cost of their season ticket. Government recognises the concerns people have about the cost of rail fares, and that is why we have ensured that regulated rail fares can rise by no more than inflation since 2014. Many employers also offer loans for season tickets or salary sacrifice schemes.

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