Free rail travel for jobseekers

JOBSEEKERS can travel by rail for free under a new scheme.

Train operator Greater Anglia has launched Job Track to help the unemployed back into work.

People can claim up to six day return tickets within the Anglia network to help them get to and from interviews.

Once they find work participants in the scheme can get a free two-month season ticket to help them establish themselves in their new job and assist them in putting their finances on a firm footing.

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1:03pm Thu 7 Feb 13

25414nora says...

Wow free rail travel to look for a job.

Wasn't It the conservative 'Lord Tebbit'
who, after exporting all our british manufacturing jobs, told us to 'get on our bikes' to find work ?

Seems now the Tories have realised it was too far to cycle..
Wow free rail travel to look for a job. Wasn't It the conservative 'Lord Tebbit' who, after exporting all our british manufacturing jobs, told us to 'get on our bikes' to find work ? Seems now the Tories have realised it was too far to cycle.. 25414nora

1:53pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Libetia says...

At least I know where my above-inflation season ticket rise has gone. Not on making the trains clean, reliable or safe to travel on.
At least I know where my above-inflation season ticket rise has gone. Not on making the trains clean, reliable or safe to travel on. Libetia

2:12pm Thu 7 Feb 13

romantic says...

Libetia, I see your point, but it could be seen as a bit of longer-term thinking by Greater Anglia. If somebody has a job and will be travelling by train, they will eventually be paying more money in than if they do not.

OK, somebody gets 2 months for free at the start, but after that, they will be buying tickets, and it will probably be somebody who would not otherwise be using the train.

If that initial cost is the barrier (and if you have been out of work a while, travel costs can be tricky at the start), then it could be seen as a good plan in the long run.

I do wonder how it will work. Will somebody have to present a letter inviting them to an interview? And presumably something which shows they are actually unemployed. So they would need to be working it in conjunction with the Employment Service.

My dodgy side thinks otherwise it would be easy to run up a fake letter and get some free trips to London. Maybe I just mix with the wrong sort of people!

But in principle, although it seems crazy in one way, it could be the thing which does help some people get out of their unemployment.
Libetia, I see your point, but it could be seen as a bit of longer-term thinking by Greater Anglia. If somebody has a job and will be travelling by train, they will eventually be paying more money in than if they do not. OK, somebody gets 2 months for free at the start, but after that, they will be buying tickets, and it will probably be somebody who would not otherwise be using the train. If that initial cost is the barrier (and if you have been out of work a while, travel costs can be tricky at the start), then it could be seen as a good plan in the long run. I do wonder how it will work. Will somebody have to present a letter inviting them to an interview? And presumably something which shows they are actually unemployed. So they would need to be working it in conjunction with the Employment Service. My dodgy side thinks otherwise it would be easy to run up a fake letter and get some free trips to London. Maybe I just mix with the wrong sort of people! But in principle, although it seems crazy in one way, it could be the thing which does help some people get out of their unemployment. romantic

3:14pm Thu 7 Feb 13

wormshero says...

Six ticket limit? So long as they are used for interviews I'm cool with this. (as a season ticket holder as well)
Six ticket limit? So long as they are used for interviews I'm cool with this. (as a season ticket holder as well) wormshero

4:02pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Boris says...

Very good idea, as romantic has explained.
And what does it matter if one or two people use the tickets for other purposes? Greater Anglia has got more important things to do than waste time checking whether someone has got a bona-fide interview to go to.
Very good idea, as romantic has explained. And what does it matter if one or two people use the tickets for other purposes? Greater Anglia has got more important things to do than waste time checking whether someone has got a bona-fide interview to go to. Boris

9:29pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Feisty CBC says...

It's a brilliant idea. Forward thinking from a privatised company.
Shame about the government though.
It's a brilliant idea. Forward thinking from a privatised company. Shame about the government though. Feisty CBC

10:30pm Thu 7 Feb 13

wellnow says...

Great idea.it will also give them an insite in how wonderful rail travel is early morning, every morning rain or shine forever.great joy.
Great idea.it will also give them an insite in how wonderful rail travel is early morning, every morning rain or shine forever.great joy. wellnow

8:19am Fri 8 Feb 13

wellnow says...

Great idea.it will also give them an insite in how wonderful rail travel is early morning, every morning rain or shine forever.great joy.
Great idea.it will also give them an insite in how wonderful rail travel is early morning, every morning rain or shine forever.great joy. wellnow

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