Railways: Fares

Department for Transport written question – answered on 22nd September 2022.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Conservative, North Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of charging a flat cost per mile for rail tickets, in the context of the cost of rail travel per mile between Swindon and London.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Distance is just one factor governing a particular rail fare; other factors taken into account include journey time, frequency of service and the historic volume of demand, amongst others.

There are a wide range of fares available to meet different passenger needs, including advance fares. Where advance fares are available, including on journeys between Swindon and London, they will be cheaper than flexible fares such as off-peak tickets.

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