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UK: Department for Transport sources have confirmed to Rail Business UK that a key focus within the department is now on the development of part-time season tickets or carnets to encourage commuters to return to train services. However, pressure from the Treasury to manage any lost income is making this task challenging.

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Any application of the level of discounts offered by a full weekly season ticket to, for example, a ‘three days in seven’ ticket would see revenue at many individual stations in London and the southeast falling by tens of millions of pounds.

Some long distance seven-day season tickets are only marginally cheaper than a fully flexible anytime return fare, leading to the possibility that a three-day season could be cheaper than a one-day ticket.