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General Chat Thread, UK Rail Tickets Are Losing Travellers Money And Need Redesigning? in General; How does the railcard cost more? A cheaper ticket available that the railcard isn't valid for?...
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    How does the railcard cost more? A cheaper ticket available that the railcard isn't valid for?

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    A couple of years back we had to travel to Reading for a meeting. The orgional journey according to the National Rail website would have had us travel from Preston to Wolverhapton to change to a train going to Reading from there. The total journey time was just shy of 4 hours and cost about £250 per person standard class. However if we went via Virgin Pendolino to Euston then from Paddington to Reading the total journey time was just under 3 hours and £150! And that was going first class on Virgin as well which is chaper than standard class if you book in advance!

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    When you see the mess with ticketing it's little wonder people stick to their cars... yet still politicians can try and force public transport on us when it's less flexible and more expensive than driving... I don't think so!

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    I have to admit that Virgins online e-tickets are good. you print them out on a single piece of A4 for each part of the journey i.e. 2 sheets for a return trip. And each sheet has your timings, seat reservation etc on there. You do have to show the card used to purchase the ticket when using them though, so not very good if you are buying for someone else!

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    Someone was talking about emailed tickets today, and they found an issue with them - if you want to cancel that ticket, you can't. If you had collected it at a machine, you can but emailed, nope.

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    as we have mentioned about an oyster card system - southern rail are now trialling "the key" which looks to be a similar system to the oyster card

    BBC News - Rail smart card trial for Brighton to Seaford line

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    Problem is the thing I really like about the Oyster card (not that I get to use it) is how it is capped at day ticket. So if you go out intending to go shopping and straight back home you may only spend a couple of quid but if you were to meet up with friends unexpectedly and head for lunch elsewhere and then maybe to an exhibit someone says is fantastic, you will only go up to the cap as if you intended to travel around all day, saving you the cost of having bought lots of tickets as you may not have thought to get a day ticket at any one point. I doubt these will do anything like that it will be just an electronic record of the ticket you have bought. A country wide integrated system, across busses, trains, trams, undergrounds and even maybe taxis would be brilliant, but never going to happen.



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