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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Plans for LNER to be confirmed in major rail shake-up

Commuting is set to be that bit easier with the announcement that contactless payments are to be extended in the South East.

Today Mark Harper, transport secretary, will also announce plans to expand single leg pricing across the entire London North Eastern Railway (LNER) network.

Since the use of contactless payments for travel was introduced in London nine years ago, they now pay for more than 60 million journeys each month.

But lots of rail passengers travelling in and out of London from the South East still need railcards or paper tickets to ride.

Mr Harper is expected to confirm how the pay-as-you-go will be expanded across the South East.

He is also to announce a plan whereby the price paid by passengers will be determined by how many seats have been filled on a train.

His plans to extend single leg pricing across the entire LNER network, which runs between London King’s Cross and Scotland via the East Coast Main Line, will also be discussed.

That means a single fare will always be half the cost of a return.

Some single fares currently cost less than a return.


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