Delyn MP David Hanson has this week, alongside fellow North Wales Labour MPs, met with a representative of Virgin Trains, to register the dismay of local rail users to the restriction of saver tickets.
The North Wales Labour Group of MPs met with Virgin Trains Chief Operating Officer Chris Gibb in Westminster to discuss the new ticketing policy for North Wales.
Measures introduced last month by Virgin Trains mean that saver tickets are no longer valid on trains leaving Flint before 8am in the morning. They have been replaced by 80 advance tickets which can be purchased up to six o clock in the evening the day before you travel.
“I welcomed the opportunity to meet with Virgin Trains to put forward a number of my constituents concerns about the new ticketing policy on trains from Flint to London.
“I understand that there will still be advance cheaper tickets available but I think this is a retrograde step which will hit many passengers in the pocket as they will no longer have the flexibility to travel.
“I have also met with fellow rail travellers from Flint in recent weeks that have been unable to get hold of the new advance tickets and have been forced to change their journey plans or pay huge fare increases, this is clearly not acceptable.
“I have asked that Virgin Trains review this retrograde step and assess the number of advance tickets available to ensure that North Wales rail passengers do not lose out.”