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Railways: Fares

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with the train operating companies and others on ways to simplify and give greater coherence to rail fares. (159990)

Officials from the Department for Transport have been having discussions on behalf of my right hon. Friend with the Association of Train Operating Companies. The simplified fares structure which we are proposing is described in paragraphs 10.22-10.30 of the White Paper “Delivering a Sustainable Railway”, published in July. I expect the proposals to be implemented by all operators in the course of 2008, reducing the number of ticket types in use across the network and making it easier for passengers to know they have the right ticket for their journey at the best possible price.