The Department for Transport has announced that passengers with Rail Travel Vouchers will get an extra 6 months to use them.
Thousands of Rail Travel Vouchers that have expiry dates between 20th Oct 2020 and 30th June 2021 will have their original expiry date extended by 6 months.
Many passengers were unable to use the vouchers due to the 2nd and 3rd COVID lockdowns.
As lockdown restrictions ease, many businesses have reopened and overnight stays permitted and passengers may now wish to use their vouchers.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This extension ensures that passengers with travel vouchers are not penalised for following government advice.
“By offering people more time to redeem their vouchers, we are ensuring that passengers will not be left out of pocket as they come back to the railways.”
Jacqueline Starr, Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Delivery Group said: “This welcome extension means more people will be able to get out and about by train as restrictions ease. With rail companies boosting cleaning, adding services to support social distancing and the vast majority of people wearing face coverings, returning passengers can travel with confidence.”
The Government is still advising people to minimise their travel and work from home where they can. However, for those who are travelling, people are advised to walk and cycle where possible, and if travelling on public transport to plan their journeys in advance and travel at quiet times and on quieter routes.
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