Tbh with you, I wouldn't do it now then. I'd do it at a time when you can stay at places over night as if I was spending that kind of money, I'd want to make sure I do it properly.I have no problem with getting home i only have to get 1 train from London whitch is a vt so going home isnt a problem.
Not if you live near a busy mainline station, it isn't. Especially if it provides fast connections to most UK cities (such as one on the WCML, as per the OP's user profile). The only exception would be if it is one of the "no boarding/alighting before 10am" stations.If you have to get back home every night, then that does limit you with an ALR. In that case it's best to stick to regional rovers for now, plus any tickets needed to get to/from the rover boundry.
It doesn't, however trains arriving into London do (VT, EMT and EC I think) and XC at Birmingham New St, so you'd still be limited as to when you could arrive into Euston on Virgin and New St on CrossCountry.I dont think Liverpool Lime st has a time restriction its London, and Birmingham.
The WCML should be better from December 2012, once London Midland start avoiding Northampton on selected service.Kings Cross and Birmingham are easy to get around as mentioned. WCML and MML less so - the former means Rugby then round the Northampton loop; the latter is difficult due to no non-EMT services north of BDM.
To be honest Ollie, if you need to be home every night, your going to really struggle to get your moneys worth out of it, you'd really be better off going for a 8 in 15 Freedom of the South West.I too am planning an 1st ALR this summer and have to get home most nights. So would it be worth planning it or going on a whim ?