New flexi train tickets could help commuters save hundreds of pounds on travel

A new scheme will offer savings on certain routes for part-timers and those whose working hours are divided due to coronavirus.

Commuters will be able to buy flexible season tickets from today as a new system comes into action in England.

Paperless flexible tickets can be used from June 28 and they will allow travel on any eight days in a 28-day period.

The Department for Transport (DfT) estimates two-days-a-week commuters using the tickets could save hundreds of pounds.

A passenger travelling to Woking to London can save £260, while it's £230 from Liverpool to Manchester.

If commuters are travelling from Stafford to Birmingham they'll save £170.

The savings are compared with the cost of daily tickets.

Passengers can use an updated season ticket calculator at National Rail to find out which ticket they should purchase.

Train companies will allow passengers who buy an Advance ticket to rebook or receive rail vouchers without an admin fee.

The DfT is promoting flexi seasons as the first significant benefit for passengers of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "As we kickstart, flexible season tickets are the first step.

"They give us greater freedom and choice about how we travel, simpler ticketing and a fairer fare."

People who travel two or three days a week at peak times will save money using the tickets on certain routes.

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It will work well for those who are splitting their hours between home and their office.

The minimum discount for using a Flexi Season compared with a monthly ticket on the same route is 20%.

Tickets will be available to buy on rail websites and apps, as well as some station ticket offices.

The new tickets are paperless, so they're only available as either a smartcard or barcode ticket on a smartphone.

From June 28, commuters will be able to purchase one of these tickets.

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