The country’s first flexible season ticket has been launched by c2c. The operator says it could save part-time commuters up to £100 per year on their travel.
The new Flexi-Season ticket is a digital carnet. It has ten individual tickets that passengers buy once. It is then then used only when they wish to travel. Typically, each ticket provides a 5% discount on the usual peak-time price, with an additional 10% reward offered if that ticket is subsequently used for off-peak travel rather than peak-time travel. The tickets are specifically designed to provide discounted travel for those who do not need to travel each day.
According to c2c, passengers commuting three times a week from Southend would save more than £135 a year using the Flexi Season ticket instead of buying Anytime Day Returns.
The tickets are available online and are loaded onto the c2cSmartcard automatically by tapping on ticket gates. They are exclusively available to c2c passengers travelling from stations outside the Oystercard area, and can be used any time over the next six months.
“We know that flexible working is increasingly popular and provides the work-life balance that so many commuters crave,” said c2c Managing Director Julian Drury. Rail Minister Claire Perry called the launch of the ticket “great news for passengers.” She congratulated the operator for developing innovative ideas.
“Passengers, particularly those who commute part-time, will really welcome this flexible season ticket,” said Transport Focus Passenger Director David Sidebottom. “This is exactly the sort of new product we want to see smart card technology being used to offer.”
An online calculator is available at http://www.c2c-online.co.uk/tickets-and-fares/c2c-smartcard/flexi-season/.