The Ticketing and Settlement Agreement (TSA) could be replaced and fares moved to a basis of single-leg pricing, if proposals from the Rail Delivery Group are taken forward.
The outcome follows a consultation run by RDG in partnership with Transport Focus last year, which attracted nearly 20,000 responses along with feedback from over 60 organisations. Among those, 84% of people said the current fares system is not fit for purpose and should be reformed.
Based on the consultation, the RDG has set out five principles for reform: value for money, fair pricing, simplicity, flexibility and assurance. The outcome of the exercise is the proposition that passengers should pay only for the travel they need with a system designed to give them the best value fare.
RDG says the proposals form a first part of the industry’s submission to the Williams Review, but is seeking to start the process of change prior to the review reporting.