The flexible rail season tickets go on sale Monday, but they will only save money for some passengers.
Here, the PA News Agency answers key questions about the new tickets.
– What do the tickets allow me to do?
The new Flexi Season allows unlimited travel between two stations for eight days over a period of 28 days.
– Who will it benefit?
People who travel two or three days a week at peak times will save money by using tickets on certain routes.
– How much could I save?
The minimum discount for using a Flexi Season compared to a monthly ticket on the same journey is 20%.
The Department of Transportation says part-time commuters on some routes will save hundreds of pounds per year.
– What if I only commute one day a week?
You’d better buy daily tickets.
– How about four or five days a week?
An annual subscription will likely remain your cheapest option.
– How to get one of these flexible tickets?
They are available at railway sites and applications, as well as at some station ticket offices.
– How are tickets issued?
New tickets are only available as a smart card or barcode ticket.
– How to use them?
You must activate your pass on the day of travel by “touching” a yellow reader on a door, a platform validator, a ticket machine or by using the National Rail Smartcard application.
– Can I travel in first class?
No. Flex Season tickets are only valid for standard class travel.
– Are there any other discounts for children?
Tickets are only sold at the adult price.
– I bought one. When can I use it?
The new tickets can be used from June 28.