Sunderland calls for earlier and later trains on SWR

James Sunderland calls on the Government to work with South Western Railway to introduce earlier and later trains on the network to help people working in the care sector who often work antisocial hours and are dependent on public transport.

Flexible Rail Season Tickets

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

What progress his Department has made on introducing flexible rail season tickets. (901741)

The Secretary of State for Transport (Grant Shapps)

I am pleased to say that flexible season tickets went on sale on Monday and they will be available for use from next Monday.

James Sunderland 

Back in 2018, South Western Railway undertook to conduct a review to ensure that we have earlier and later trains on the network. With many of my constituents working in the care sector, often with antisocial hours, and dependent on public transport, will my right hon. Friend agree to work with me and SWR to make the change?

Grant Shapps 

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise the issue of flexibility with train travel, particularly as we return post covid, which is why the flexible season tickets are very important. I would be delighted to arrange for him to meet up with the rail Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Daventry (Chris Heaton-Harris), to discuss the specific issue that concerns him on SWR.