Update on the Fans’ Fare Initiative

We are aware that every week, away fans are forced to spend more money on rail fares when fixtures are rescheduled for TV rights, forcing them to miss out on the cheapest tickets, or having to buy new train tickets.

The Premier League, the English Football League, the Rail Delivery Group and the Unified Football Supporters Association (UFSO) all support the creation of a scheme for fans to have flexibility when they buy train tickets. The scheme is called Fans’ Fare and would protect fans and ensure that they would not have to pay more for train tickets if their fixture was changed.

We at BIAS feel that it is deeply unfair fans miss out on the cheapest tickets when games are moved at short notice and as we advised on the 6th February we have been fully supporting this initiative through our affiliate membership of the newly formed UFSO. Their take on this news can be found here.

Below is an email received by BIAS from the Shadow Minister for Sport, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP indicating that good progress is being made in obtaining Government agreement to the Fan’s Fare scheme.

Dear BIAS,

Today, in the face of mounting pressure from Labour and supporters’ organisations, the Government have given the green light to our Fans’ Fare scheme.

I am pleased that they have finally listened to our campaign. As I have said before, fans should not be at the mercy of billion pound TV deals.

The Rail Minister has pledged to meet with the British Transport Police, the Premier League and the Rail Delivery Group on this issue, but I am worried that fans’ groups will be excluded from these discussions. I am meeting the Rail Minister separately on 26th February, where I’ll demand that fans be included.

Thank you for your help on this campaign, we would not have got this result without your support.

Yours,

Rosena

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP
Shadow Minister for Sport

Click here to view Rosena’s Facebook page.

This is very positive news for all football supporters, and a significant step forward in making the Fan’s Fare scheme a reality.

BIAS will continue to work with the UFSO in supporting this scheme and will keep you updated on progress as information becomes available.

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