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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

National Rail completes shake-up of train tickets


Train operating companies across Britain have renamed tickets in an attempt to make it easier for passengers to choose the best fare for their journey and simplify the existing ticketing system, renowned for its byzantine complexity. According to TOCs fares are unchanged under the new system.

The new names bring together commonly used single and return fares into three categories – Advance, Off Peak and Anytime.

Walk-up fares are grouped into either Anytime or Off-Peak categories. These can be purchased up to the day and time of travel and used on any train without peak hour or any other restriction.

Off-Peak tickets are, as their name suggests, cheaper fares for travelling during periods when train services are generally less busy. They can be bought until the time of departure but carry restrictions on the time, day or route of travel. On some routes where there is more than one off-peak fare, the cheaper fare will be called Super Off-Peak.

Advance fares, introduced in May, are fares bought in advance.

2. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info Greg:)

I am planning to visit Britain next year, surely this would be a gr8 help to me


3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Ah the UK...
where the trains are overpriced, late or canceled, and sound like they run on coal still.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Simplified my backside. There's still a stupid range of different prices for the same train if you buy advance purchase tickets, it's just that they're all now called 'advance', so you can't even tell which rate you're getting. It's even harder to work out how to get cheap fares now. Plus some operators (shame on you, Virgin) have used the restructure as an opportunity to simplify out some of their cheapest fares. Gnnngh.

5. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


It is no simpler, they have just renamed the tickets...

...I've just got a job working for Southern Rail Service and Gatwick Express, and I can tell you, Southern Service are pretty good generally. Only when some retard decides to walk on the lines are the trains late, as a rule.

Network Rail have just wasted time renaming tickets; "Anytime ticket" or whatever, it makes no difference to anything, it just means rail users have to learn a new system of tickets thus wasting our time as well. What was wrong with "single" and "return" and "open return"?!

It really pisses me off, they would do better just to make the pricing system sensible, as you say, byzantine. It makes no sense whatsoever. Why don't they just adopt the continental system?!

Though as a rail employee I get free use on the trains now anyway so it makes no difference.