Brits offered free bacon butties to entice people to stop working from home

Brits are being offered free bacon butties to entice people to stop working from home and to use public transport.

Rail Delivery Group (RDG) is offering a new rewards scheme including benefits such as free breakfast food and drinks from Greggs in the hope to boost the number of passengers using trains.

The number of people using rail services dramatically dropped after people started working from home through the pandemic.

Other benefits include free audiobooks, access to a mindfulness app, and coffees from London-based cafe chain Pure.

For passengers to gain these awards they will need to sign up to nationalrail.co.uk/commuter.

Travellers are not required to provide evidence of their travel history, however they must enter the details of the commute they're taking.

RDG chief executive Jacqueline Starr said: "Taking the train is more than just a journey, it benefits the environment, economy and local businesses.

"To encourage and support commuters as they return, the rail industry has launched a new commuter rewards website offering free hot drinks, mindfulness, course upgrades, music streaming, audiobooks and more to help enhance customers' on-train and at-destination experiences."

Demand for peak time trains has increased by 5% since the guidance for people in England to work from home was lifted last week, the RDG said.

Pure boss Spencer Craig said: "Like most businesses that rely on the commuter market, we saw our customer base drop by over 50% due to the work-from-home restrictions coming in to force, and rail commuters no longer coming into the city.

"We're delighted to be working with the rail industry on their commuter rewards platform and look forward to welcoming customers back and providing them with delicious, nutritious meals and drinks on the go."

Only a thousand free Greggs breakfast rolls will be available through the scheme, but other offers will be introduced in the weeks to come.

Overall passenger numbers on Monday were still down at only 53% of pre-pandemic levels, according to provisional Department for Transport figures.

Other incentives to support commuters returning to the office include the introduction of flexible season tickets, and an easing of the rules for amending tickets.

For the latest breaking news stories and incredible tales from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.

Source: Read Full Article