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Flexible train tickets will be available in England from today, offering savings on some routes for those traveling two or three days a week.

The tickets are part of the reforms announced last month and they can be used from June 28, allowing travel for eight days over a 28-day period.

The Department of Transportation says that compared to the cost of buying daily tickets over a year, those who travel two days a week could save more than:

• £ 260 from Woking to London

• £ 210 from York to Leeds

• £ 60 from Southampton Central to Winchester

• £ 170 from Stafford to Birmingham

• £ 230 from Liverpool to Manchester

Those who travel three days a week could save more than:

• £ 230 from St Albans City to London

• £ 110 from Bromsgrove to Birmingham

• £ 90 from Weston-super-Mare to Bristol Temple Meads

• £ 350 from Chelmsford to Stratford

Demand for rail services has fallen by as much as 69% on some routes
Rail operators hope the new ticket could attract some passengers to the railways

Tickets are paperless and passengers can use the updated subscription calculator on the National Rail website to find the best ticket for their route and travel habits.

This is because an increase in working from home due to the coronavirus has seen rail use drop to a fraction of what it was before the pandemic.

Earlier this month it was reported that the number of people traveling on UK railways had reached its lowest level since at least 1872 – the era of steam trains.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As we embark on the biggest reforms to our railways in a generation, flexible subscriptions are the first step.

“They give us more freedom and choice in the way we travel, easier ticketing and a fairer fare.”

Tickets offering discounts for part-time commuters were already available for passengers in Scotland and Wales.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of passenger watchdog Transport Focus, said: “Some passengers …

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