Commuters will be able to buy cheaper rail season tickets after fare increases pushed back by government

COMMUTERS will be able to buy cheaper rail season tickets after fare increases were pushed back by two months by the government.

The window for passengers to buy their tickets was extended before a 2.6 per cent rise meaning those renewing before February 28, get up to a year’s travel at the old rates.

Chris Heaton-Harris, Rail Minister, said: “Delaying the change in rail fares ensures passengers who need to travel have a better deal this year.

“Right now, our priority must be ensuring our transport network is safe for passengers and staff.

"And we urge members of the public to follow the Government’s advice and only travel when absolutely necessary.

“By setting fares sensibly, and with the lowest actual increase for four years, we are ensuring that taxpayers are not overburdened for their unprecedented contribution, ensuring investment is focused on keeping vital services running and protecting frontline jobs.”

Government guidance still says people should reduce the number of journeys made wherever possible.

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