Portsmouth has five railway stations, making it easy to commute to the city from across Hampshire and West Sussex. Council staff can benefit from an interest-free loan for annual rail travel and, if they have an easit discount card, discounts of 15% on rail travel (www.easit.org.uk).
Annual season ticket with interest free loan
Help is at hand for staff who travel by train, with an annual season ticket with an interest free loan and discounts of either 10% or 15% (see below).
The council offers staff an interest-free loan to buy an annual train season ticket, repayable in 10 equal monthly payments which come straight out of your salary.
The annual season ticket offers a whole package of additional benefits, including 52 weeks travel for the price of 40. To qualify for the discounts you need to be a permanent member of staff and travel within the discount area, but please note terms and conditions apply.
The SWR 10% discount area stretches from Weymouth in the west, Woking to the north, and east to Littlehampton. You can check out the area in the SWR 10% scheme discount map attached below. Please note that this is not the same map as the wider SWR map which extends much further.
Easit - staff discount on train tickets
Council staff can also use their easit discount card alongside the annual ticket loan. Please note that our arrangement with SWR for the purchase of annual season tickets takes precedence over the easit discounts. However where the SWR and easit terms and conditions fit it is possible to benefit from a 15% discount rather than a 10% discount. www.easit.org.uk
Some restrictions apply. If it is not a SWR service you will not be able to apply for the 15% easit discount. Not all services shown on the SWR network map are operated by SWR and therefore your start station may be excluded from the offer, because non SWR operators run the services out of that station. We recommended that you use the SWR network map as a starting point, checking which operator runs services from your start station before making your application. This can be done by using the journey planning tool on www.nationalrail.co.uk. Just enter the start and finish stations, and then click 'details' which will show which operator runs the service.
Some Southern Rail services from Littlehampton to Havant are already included in the SWR agreement.
If you have any questions contact email@example.com or 01306 886677.
If you have an older-style easit card, you need to replace this with a new card. Instructions on how to use the card, as well as the FAQs and SWR network map can be found in the documents section below.
For more information about easit visit www.easit.org.uk. If you have any problems or questions regarding your easit card please contact the customer services team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01306 88 66 77.
Benefits of an annual rail season ticket
- No need to queue to buy your ticket
- All-year-round travel, to include evenings, weekends and holidays
- You get 52 weeks travel for the price of 40 – that’s 12 weeks free
- You’re saving nearly 25% on buying individual weekly train tickets
- You save a third on off-peak fares (annual cards also act like network railcards)
- Nominate a friend to get a railcard for just £10 – they’ll get cheaper off-peak travel too
- Kids get their tickets for £2 – up to four children travelling with you
To check timetables and for more information about tickets please visit South Western Railway and Southern Trains or National Rail Travel.
Please check the rail company’s terms and conditions on their website before completing the application.
If you are applying for the first time, you will also need a photo card which can be obtained from any staffed station ticket office. If you are using the easit discount you will also need to carry your easit card with you at all times.
To get hold of your season ticket with discount, download the rail form below and send it to the Travel and Benefits team.
If you have any queries call 023 9283 1351. Please allow two weeks for the form to be processed.