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The government has announced the biggest shake-up in the UK's railways since privatisation in the mid-1990s.
The reform plan will see the creation of a new state-owned body, Great British Railways (GBR), which will own and manage rail infrastructure.
But there will still be a role for the private sector, with private operators contracted to run most trains.
And next month, flexible season tickets will be available for some people who commute two or three times a week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the plan would "deliver a rail system the country can be proud of".
As part of the reform, the existing operator of infrastructure, Network Rail, will disappear.
GBR will also collect fare revenue, run the network and set most fares and timetables when it comes into existence in 2023.
However, many reforms will come into force before then, including the introduction of flexible season tickets, offering savings on certain routes for people who do not travel to work every day.
These will go on sale on 21 June, for use seven days later.
The carnet-style tickets will allow passengers to travel on any eight days in a 28-day period.The plan is contained in a White Paper, based on the recommendations of a review of the industry carried out by former British Airways chief executive Keith Williams. It followed the chaotic introduction of new timetables in May 2018.
The plan was initially due to be published in autumn 2019, but was delayed by the general election and the coronavirus pandemic.
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