New "8-day flexi-tickets" cost THREE TIMES more than a "7-day pass"!!

New "8-day flexi-tickets" cost THREE TIMES more than a "7-day pass"!!

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Many will have seen that rail franchises such as GWR and Chiltern have started selling new "8-day in 28-day-period" "flexi-season tickets" from last week.

These are marketed as “massive savers” for commuters returning to work with flexible working arrangements, such as 2 days per-week.

In fact, this is an unscrupulous marketing tactic.

The new flexi-tickets work out a LOT more expensive compared to other season tickets, such as weekly passes, which allow for 7 (consecutive) days of travel at a fraction of the cost of the new flexi-ticket.

They are essentially tripling the cost for the sake of being 'flexible'.

For example, a “7-day week pass” from Bicester to London costs £136.60, whereas the new “8-day flexible pass” costs £425.80!! For only 1 day additional travel.

The new ticket represents a cost of more than three 7-day passes, but allows 13 days LESS travel.

Essentially, you can buy THREE 7-day weekly passes, allowing for 21 days of travel, for £409.80 - £16 LESS than the new flexi-ticket which allows only 8 days of travel, at £425.80.

This means commuters looking to travel only 2 days per-week with new flexible work schemes, will be forced to either pay a lot more with the flexi-pass than they did with weekly passes, or commute “whole weeks on” and “whole weeks off” instead, 
since two weekly tickets cost just £273.20 compared to £425.80 for 8 days with the new flexi-pass.

It is of note that a full monthly season ticket (Bicester-London) allowing 30 days of travel, works out only £91.90 more expensive (at £517.70), than the new "8-day" flexi pass (at £425.80).

The inflated cost of the new 8-day flexi-pass is consistent when comparing weekly or monthly ticket costs on most routes.

Rail franchises are trying to claw back their loss from the pandemic at the expense of the customer.

The Transport Secretary must intervene!!

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