The introduction of Anytime Short Return rail fares.

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Dear Department for Transport,

Could you please provide me with answers to the following questions regarding the introduction of Anytime Short Return tickets, under the Freedom of Information Act:

In 2015 a new type of ticket, the Anytime Short Return ("SHR"), was introduced for journeys on the National Rail network.

1. Was there any consultation between the Department for Transport and the Train Operating Companies "TOCs" (either directly or via ATOC/Rail Delivery Group) prior to the introduction of the new SHR ticket type? I am especially interested in the reasons why this new ticket type was thought to be required and how it would be of benefit passengers and/or the TOCs over existing arrangements. Please provide me with copies of any relevant communications between the Department for Transport and TOCs/ATOC/Rail Delivery Group.

2. Has there been any consultation between the DfT and the ToCs (either directly or via ATOC/Rail Delivery Group) on in what circumstances SHRs would be introduced on routes (a) in addition to existing return fares, (b) in place of existing return fares? Please provide me with copies of any relevant communications between the Department for Transport and the TOCs/ATOC/Rail Delivery Group.

3. Were any potential negative outcomes for passengers identified during the consultation period before and after the introduction of the SHR ticket type? An example of this would be the inability for a passenger to make an overnight break of journey on the outward leg when using a SHR, in contrast to other period return ticket types. Please provide me with copies of any relevant communications between the Department for Transport and the TOCs/ATOC/Rail Delivery Group.

4. Since the introduction of SHRs, certain Anytime Return ("SOR") priced by Northern Rail have been changed to SHRs. Examples of this would be Liverpool to Lancaster or Leeds to Carlisle via Appleby. Was there any consultation between Northern Rail and the DfT regarding these changes and did the DfT give permission for the changes to be made? Please provide me with copies of any relevant communications between the Department for Transport and Northern Rail/TOCs/ATOC/Rail Delivery Group.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

H Samuel

Department for Transport

Dear H Samuel,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which
has been allocated reference number P0015838.

A response will be issued to you in due course.

Regards,

Ivan Pocock
Department for Transport
FOI Advice Team
Digital Service
Zone D/04
Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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Dear Sir/ Madam,

 

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

[1][IMG]          Mr Michael Evans 
Correspondence Manager, Briefing & Public Affairs,
Passenger Services 

4/15, Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR
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