To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2015 to Question 3925, whether the potential fares simplification that can take place on the Northern franchise without the use of flex will include regulated fares.
7 July 2015
Fares within the Northern franchise are both regulated and unregulated so any simplification will include both types of fares. Whilst the Northern Invitation To Tender envisaged the use of the flex to gradually rebalance regulated fares in order to remove the sharp jumps in fares that currently occur, some fares simplification can be undertaken without the use of the flex. We expect to work with the future Northern franchisee to explore which alternative approaches would be most appropriate to phase out these anomalies in the long-term.