There are 7-day season tickets, but why there are no 5-working day season tickets?

This might seem like a simple question, but I have always wondered why we have to buy 7-day season tickets, whilst the majority of commuters only use them to travel between Monday to Friday?

I mean, I don't need to buy those 2 extra days, which only makes tickets unnecessarily more expensive.  

Implementing this wouldn't require changing the gates (given that they read a start date and an end date). It will be just the matter of adding that option in the vending machines and in the website. 

For a start, this type of tickets would only make sense to buy them on Monday or a Tuesday, it will still be cheaper than buying a 7-day season ticket. 

Of course, the real treat would be that the price-per-day should remain equivalent to the 7-day season ticket, that is, if the 7-day ticket is  £30, so the price per day is £4.28, the 5-working day ticket should be 5 x 4.28 = £21.40. Fantastic saving!!

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  • In regards to Joseph B answer, first of all, thank you for passing my suggestion to the relevant team.

    Secondly, I would encourage anyone who reads this and agrees something should be done, to write to SWR and insist; if enough customers raise our voice, the more likely the company would do something. 

    However, Joseph B, you left some of my questions unanswered:


    Also, you wrote, "A weekly season ticket is 4 - 5 times Any Time Day Return ticket (in some cases even cheaper)".  Who decides if it's 4 times or 5 times the price? SWR or the ATOC? And why the ratio is different between different destinations? 

    I would really appreciate knowing how that works. 

    Last but not least:

    In the last few days a carnet ticket option for many routes seems to have materialised.  Offering up money off the price of day tickets.

    Thanks a lot for the info, but I think that's not available in the route I use (Winchester-Basingstoke)

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