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Railways: Tickets

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to direct train operating companies to offer passengers the option of purchasing multiple tickets for their journeys. (300530)

The Department for Transport requires that operators sell combinations of tickets where these are requested, though there is no obligation to offer them as there is an almost infinite number of permutations of fares combinations. It is for the train operating companies themselves to consider whether and to what extent they should promote the practice of combining two or more tickets.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to direct train operating companies to offer passengers the cheapest possible fare for their journeys, irrespective of the number of tickets required to obtain such a fare. (300531)

A requirement already exists under the Ticketing and Settlement Agreement for train operators accurately to sell purchasers the most appropriate fare for the end to end journey they described, stressing either cost or convenience as the passenger determines.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to raise awareness among rail passengers of the financial benefits of purchasing multiple tickets for the same journey. (300532)

Such promotional activity is for the train operators themselves or for bodies such as the two statutory organisations representing passengers, Passenger Focus and London TravelWatch, or other non-statutory organisations involved in consumer issues.