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Railways: Fares

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what role his Department has in defining peak and off-peak times in respect of the calculation of rail fares. (303922)

The Department for Transport ensures that the maximum restrictions that may be placed on the validity of regulated off-peak fares are protected through provisions in franchise agreements.

Where commuter fares are regulated, the peak fares are regulated within the maximum restriction set by the Department, but it is possible for the start of the off-peak to be defined by operators as earlier than the maximum.

In London on oyster pay-as-you-go (PAYG) the off-peak has been agreed with Transport for London and is captured in the PAYG agreement.