South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge to maintain pressure for part-time season tickets to London

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge has campaigned for part-time season tickets. Picture: GREGG BROWN.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge has campaigned for part-time season tickets. Picture: GREGG BROWN. - Credit: Gregg Brown

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge is to keep up the pressure on Greater Anglia to introduce part-time season tickets for people who travel to London for work.

He spoke after Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the Tory Party conference that the government would invest £80m in “smart ticketing” by the end of next year.

Mr Cartlidge has been urging Greater Anglia to introduce season tickets that are valid for two or three days a week for people who travel to London offices only on a part-time basis, working from home or local offices for the rest of the time.

He said: “Smart Ticketing is certainly a way forward for that – and I still hear from people who want me to keep pressing the government on this.

“I shall talk to ministers and bosses at Greater Anglia to try to ensure this is something that is introduced in the future, I am glad smart ticketing was mentioned at conference.”


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Greater Anglia is planning to introduce a “flexible carnet” system of tickets next year that will be a number of paper tickets bought at a discount to be used on several journeys – which will be followed by an app for a smart phone in the near future.

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