Flexible rail season tickets go on sale on Monday, but they will only save money for some passengers.
Here the PA news agency answers key questions about the new tickets.
– What do the tickets allow me to do?
The new Flexi Season allows unlimited travel between two stations on any eight days in a 28-day period.
– Who will benefit?
People who travel two or three days a week at peak times will save money using the tickets on certain routes.
– How much could I save?
The minimum discount for using a Flexi Season compared with a monthly ticket on the same route is 20%.
The Department for Transport says part-time commuters on certain routes will save hundreds of pounds a year.
– What if I only commute one day a week?
You will be better off buying daily tickets.
– How about four or five days a week?
An annual season ticket is likely to continue to be your cheapest option.
– How do I get one of these flexible tickets?
They are available on rail websites and apps, as well as at some station ticket offices.
– How are the tickets issued?
The new tickets are only available as either a smartcard or barcode ticket.
– How do I use them?
You must activate your pass on the day of travel by ‘touching in’ on a yellow reader on a gate, a platform validator, a ticket machine, or using the National Rail Smartcard app.
– Can I travel in first class?
No. Flex Season tickets are for standard class travel only.
– Are there further discounts for children?
The tickets are only sold at adult prices.
– I’ve bought one. When can I use it?
The new tickets can be used from June 28.