The UK government is cracking down on the train ticket market after a series of delays and cancellations.
The latest move comes as Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that the government is scrapping the “train ticketing rule”, which was introduced by the previous government in the early days of the Brexit negotiations.
The Government is expected to scrap the rule, which allows customers to buy train tickets online, over the coming weeks, and replace it with a “more efficient” system.
“In the short term, it will be simpler and cheaper for passengers to buy a train journey on a ticketing site,” McLoughlyn said.
“We will also be removing the compulsory travel document, which was a very inefficient system.”
The new system will apply to train operators, not passengers, who can buy train journeys online.
This means trains will still be able to be sold by train operator, but only if the train operator’s “ticketing provider” is approved by the government.
The government says that while “ticket prices will not change”, it will allow passengers to choose a cheaper ticket by visiting the “ticket vending site”.
“In addition to making the process more efficient, this new system allows for a much simpler and more efficient travel experience,” McLaylin said.
“By ensuring that a ticket can be purchased online, the Government will ensure that passengers can purchase a train or bus ticket at a single point of purchase.”
The “train price” is the price that customers are charged for each journey.
The “ticket price” can be increased or reduced depending on the route, train operator and the train’s destination.
McLoughlin said that he had been “trying to get as many options as I can” for the system.
He said that a pilot scheme will allow customers to book their journeys online through the company, before being emailed to the train company, allowing them to book tickets as they want.
“This is an innovative solution to a difficult problem that is important for the UK,” McLouglin said in a statement.
“This will make it easier for customers to choose train tickets and we hope to introduce the pilot scheme in the next few weeks.”
The new government’s move follows similar changes made by the US and other countries.
McCloughlin also announced that passengers will no longer be required to get their train tickets checked in by train operators before boarding.
The change comes after a string of recent delays and cancelled trains.
Last week, train operators cancelled more than half a million journeys, with one company saying that it had lost £5m since the Brexit vote.
The Department of Transport is currently running a pilot programme to test a new “digital fare system” for train tickets, which will apply across the UK by next year.