Ticket And Settlement Agreement
We believe these are measurable proposals that will not compromise current regulations on ticketing, interavailable fares, railcards and price regulation in markets where rail has a significant market share. Most passengers can understand pre-sale fares because they apply to some trains. Confusion arises with “walk-on” rates, with their complex constraints (many of which are totally illogical). To simplify the fare structure: (1) Remove return tickets (except localized returns from the cheap day) and base all rates on singles. (2) Introduction of a color encoded system: Peak Trains RED, Shoulder-Peak Trains BLUE, Hors-Peak Trains WHITE. These colours would be displayed on tickets and in train schedules. It is easy to identify the ticket price applicable to which train. It`s easy! The green background of all British train tickets was the repeated words “Rail Settlement Plan”. In 2013, the train began switching to new tickets, which instead use the words “National Rail.”  It is divided into different chapters, each of which deals with a distinct aspect of retail, transportation and billing. The RDG intends to update and simplify a complex maze of rules and brands, which has developed since 1995, when the last ticketing and settlement agreement defined how to set and sell rates. It expected all passengers to purchase their ticket at a station checkout and did not take into account subsequent developments such as online booking and mobile ticketing. Anthony Smith, CEO of Transport Focus, said: “Rail passengers want a rail pricing system they can trust, which is simpler, better value for money and more understandable.
Rates and ticketing systems have to match the way we travel now — there is a strong demand for smarter tickets. The debate on reform options is long overdue. The ability to buy cheaper tickets for the stages of a trip, called split ticketing, quickly undermines confidence in advertised fares. “Transport Focus will ensure that the voices of passengers are heard. Any future regulation must support a reasonable and proportionate reform that can underpin the change while preserving fundamental consumer protection. Can we please introduce reasonable rates for individual tickets outside of peak hours? Having criticised the “one size fits all” approach to the franchising model, could I suggest that it is also a root of the current problematic tariff structure? Perhaps it would be wise to consider a “horse for course” fare structure, with Intercity/Cross Country, city/shuttlers and rural farms each with their own “tailored” and simplified pricing structure? Of course, there should be a mechanism for banknotes that include more than one of the types of transactions mentioned above. Current rules vary considerably from operator to operator. There is no standard definition of “peak,” “off-peak” and “super off-peak” or no national agreement on the periods to which they apply. The National Rail Enquiries industry website identifies each type of ticket, but does not specify when it can be used.
KPMG research found that only one in three passengers surveyed was “very confident” that they had obtained the most suitable ticket for their trip. The Billeting settlement Agreement (TSA) defines the different agreements between operators regarding passenger transport and ticket sales.