A rail scheme launched to offer part-time commuters to the capital flexible season tickets has run millions of pounds over budget according to a spending watchdog. The National Audit Office found 11 operators running trains into London were expected to introduce the smart ticketing but only five have. Lianna Etkind from the Campaign for Better Transport says the Department for Transport has wasted taxpayers money.
A Department for Transport spokesperson told London Live News:
"This was an ambitious programme to lay the foundations for smart ticketing for rail passengers across the country. It introduced smart card season tickets on five train operators, upgraded over 450 stations and created a hub for smart ticketing to be introduced across the entire rail network. The South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) programme means more than 400,000 season ticket holders now have access to paperless season tickets."
"Smart ticketing remains a priority for the Government and we continue to work with the Rail Delivery Group and train operators on its roll out across the country."