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Rail firms will admit fares should be capped to stop passengers getting stung as part of radical new pricing proposals

And the ‘tap in tap out’ contactless system for payments used on London’s tube trains should be rolled out across the country.

They are part of radical proposals to overhaul Britain’s railway ticket prices, unveiled today by the Rail Delivery Group today.

It comes amid fury at increased ticket prices and the timetable shambles which left thousands of passengers hit by months of delays and cancelled trains.

The proposals would stop passengers having to comb the internet and buy multiple tickets to get the best price.

Instead commuters would get their weekly ticket prices capped.

The shake-up would also mean travellers would not have to say exactly what train they are using for their return leg.

This means commuters could mix and max peak and off peak tickets.

Nearly 20,000 people responded to the survey behind the proposals – known as Easier Fares for All.

A staggering 80 per cent said they backed an overhaul of prices.

The proposals are part of the industry’s recommendation to the Williams review – a government inquiry into how Britain’s railways are run.

Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “The result of our nationwide consultation is clear – customers have different needs and want an easy to use range of rail fares to meet them.”

Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus said: “Passengers want to see root and branch reform to the outdated and outmoded fares and ticketing system. Trials will provide reassurance and allow passengers to understand the impact of the changes.”

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said: “Many small businesses rely on the rail network, so it’s key that the current out-of-date fares system is improved.

“The system needs to be brought into line with the more flexible way businesses work.”

Labour MP Lilian Greenwood said: “The devil will be in the detail.”

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