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Extend discount rail season tickets scheme around Cambridge, says Daniel Zeichner MP

Daniel Zeichner MP has called on Greater Cambridge City Deal and Cambridgeshire County Council to investigate the possibility of extending a discounted rail season ticket scheme for members of travel association Travel for Cambridgeshire (TfC) to more lines connecting Cambridge.

TfC offers the employees of TfC members a special discount rate on season tickets purchased for travel to work by train. The discount is worth 10% and staff at Cambridge University are entitled to use the scheme. At present, travellers on the Ely to London line and the Cambridge to King’s Cross line are eligible but not those on the Norwich or Bury St Edmund’s lines.

In 2015, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the Travel to Work Areas (TTWAs) for 2011 using census commuting flow data, showing that the Cambridge TTWA has almost doubled in size since 2001 –  drawing in commuters as far south as Hertford and Harlow.

Daniel Zeichner said: “This is an excellent scheme which encourages key workers across the region to travel to and from Cambridge by train. The City Deal and Cambridgeshire County Council should investigate the possibility of extending the scheme for those travelling to and from Norwich and Bury St Edmund’s so that we keep bearing down on the number of cars coming into the city each day.”

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