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    Gatwick airport with zone 1-4 travelcard

    As an update, we went to london bridge and got a fast thameslink from there to gatwick (as that side of london was more convenient than victoria for us). It changed £3 pay as you go credit on my oyster. Going home we got thameslink to farringdon, and then changed to underground there and...
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    Gatwick airport with zone 1-4 travelcard

    I have an annual london zone 1-4 travelcard on oyster. I need to get to gatwick airport from cental london next week on friday mid afternoon. What is the cheapest route? Should I just use my oyster card to pay or is there a better / cheaper ticker I can buy? There seem to be so many options...
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    Rail compensation vouchers on oyster

    Thank you. I found more information on here and elsewhere with better searches too.
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    Rail compensation vouchers on oyster

    I have about £250 of rail vouchers sent to me over the last year by virgin trains as compensation for various late trains on my annual season ticket over the last months. However I'm not going to be renewing my season ticket as I'll be living in London instead. Is it possible to put these...
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    Delay Repay rules?

    Thank you for that, that's probably the best idea then :)
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    Delay Compensation - A "secret" of the rail network?

    I've noticed more than once that they've announced that my train is arriving 29 minutes late, when it appears to be 30 or 31 minutes to me. I'm not putting this down to a deliberate attempt to discourage people from claiming delay repay because I don't think it is. But I think they do need to...
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    Delay Repay rules?

    Yesterday I tried to catch the 18:33 from EUS->RUG using my season ticket but due to the unfortunate incident at milton keynes it was cancelled as were all the other trains around that time. As it was unclear how long the delay would be I went for a long walk and got food and got back to the...
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    WCML season ticket renewal & closures.

    This would be a new season ticket starting in a few weeks so the previous arrangements for compensation are not important for this. I understand that I could perhaps apply for a refund after the event if there are no usable services. But it seems rather unfair to expect me to pay perhaps £450...
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    WCML season ticket renewal & closures.

    It's time in a week or two for me to renew my annual season ticket from Rugby to London. Will I get a discount to the price as the line will be closed at Watford for around 20 days during the year and I'd object to having to pay for those days?
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    First class -where's the profit?

    A 1st class ticket costing 50% more does not increase profit by 50% it increases it a lot more. For example say a standard class ticket is £50 and a first class is £75. Now imaging that the costs of a standard class ticket are maintaining the train,providing station facilites, fuel...
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    What do train drivers do?

    Ah right that's interesting and makes a lot of sense (the parts about braking well being hard and requiring practice and local knowledge). I've noticed on my train that sometimes the train stops much more smoothly than other times. At best it's a smooth deceleration that ends in exactly the...
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    What do train drivers do?

    I wasn't trolling or being stupid. Well maybe I was being stupid, but not intentionally, I wanted to get some insight into what train drivers actually do. I admit I'm entirely ignorant of what the job actually involves. I realized that despite travelling on a train every day I knew very...
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    What do train drivers do?

    To accept that people think all you do is tress the start button and stop button and that is all there is too it Well, I do think that is a large part of the job based on what's been said. HOWEVER it's clear that the knowledge of when to press those buttons is not a trivial thing, needing...
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    What do train drivers do?

    This is a genuine question that I don't know the answer to. I'm aware it could sound patronizing or dismissive of the job and is not intended to be so in any way, I want to find out the answer! But I don't know how else to ask it. What exactly do train drivers have to do for their job? It...
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    rugby to birmingham new street via coventry

    I'm also convinced that I got an first class return for that journey on a saturday for just a few pounds more than a standard return for a virgin trains only return, but looking now it appears to be £16.80 return for the cheapest. I'm sure that I paid about £11 just a few weeks ago. I could well...

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