Plans to simplify rail fares on cross-country train routes have been warmly welcomed by UKIP’s Transport spokesman.
Jill Seymour MEP described the Rail Delivery Group’s proposals as ‘a welcome dose of common sense’ and said they could save travellers hundreds of pounds.
A trial scheme will be launched in May, initially for people travelling between Scotland and the south west of England.
“I’m sure that this is going to be a success, and I’d like to see it rolled out across the whole of the UK’s railway network as soon as possible,” said Mrs Seymour.
“Anything which simplifies things for commuters – and has the potential to save them a great deal of money by making the cheapest price tariffs more transparent – should be warmly welcomed.”
According to the Rail Delivery Group, passengers using cross-country train routes could save up to £260 a journey under the trial scheme.
Mrs Seymour said: “I’m constantly being told by regular rail users that they find the current pricing system utterly baffling, and never really know if they are getting the best possible deal.
“Travellers who buy an off-peak return ticket can often be paying four or five times as much as they would be if they booked a series of individual single tickets to cover the very same journey.
“That’s because the cheapest prices are hidden away in the system, and this damages trust between travellers and train operators.
“It’s not fair, and makes no sense, particularly when you consider that the price of average train fares went up by 2.3% in January, while consumer prices rose by just 1.6% last year.
“Under this new clearer pricing trial, a potential saving of up to £262 will be offered to customers automatically – which is exactly how it should be.”