Railways: Fares

Department for Transport written question – answered on 10th July 2020.

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Photo of Jane Hunt Jane Hunt Conservative, Loughborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to ensure that rail fares support (a) new working patterns, (b) the UK tourism industry and (c) a green recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

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

The Government recognises that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a fundamental change in working patterns and that this could have long-term effects on commuter behaviour. To support a green recovery and new working patterns, the Department is working with industry to explore already available options for flexible commuters, such as carnets, and what steps could be taken quickly to make these as useful and convenient for passengers as possible.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is leading work to support the UK tourism industry, and the Department for Transport stands ready to support on any rail-related activities.

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