- 5 Jan 2008
Was just checking prices for Off Peak Return (SVR) tickets ( on Virgin's website) for tickets between Birmingham New St (BHM) and the far north highlands ; Inverness, Kyle etc and noticed that for weekday travel before 0930 you can no longer purchase SVRs ? Unfortunately, due to the long distances and extended connection times the only possible means of reaching , for example Kyle, is by catching the 0820 or 0920 deps. from BHM and changing several times en route. For travel on either of these two trains you will be charged the "Anytime" fare. Surely Virgin could cut some slack and allow weekday SVRs to be valid on the trains ? One has no option but to catch the early trains and hence pay the Anytime Return fare ( a whopping £324 !!!!! ) which is close to double the SVR's ( £169.80) price . You are left with no alternative but to travel on weekends if you want a cheaper ticket for the journey as traveling after 0930 on weekdays won't get you to your final destination !