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New, flexible rail season tickets are to benefit West Sussex passengers

Residents who travel by train from West Sussex to Brighton a few days per week are set to benefit following the government’s unveiling of new flexible season tickets this week.

Part-time rail commuters will be able to save hundreds of pounds a year on certain routes with new carnet-style tickets set to allow travel on any eight days in a 28-day period.

The new arrangements are being introduced as part of the Government’s sweeping reforms of the railway and are expected to go on sale from June 21.

The system has been brought in as a result of a long-term decline in the use of traditional season tickets, as well as an increase in home working due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “For many, the idea of travelling five days a week to the office is fast becoming a relic of the past.

“The future is flexible: passengers want a simple, stress-free option, and new flexible tickets make fares fairer.

“As we kickstart the biggest reform of our railways in a generation, we’re committed to creating a modern railway that works for its passengers.”

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