FCC: First Class Upgrade

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HST Power

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I need an answer within an hour, so if I nobody has replied by then don't bother because I won't get a chance to read it!

I have a Standard Anytime ticket for First Capital Connect, which I intend to use tonight from Potters Bar to Letchworth. I would like to upgrade it to First Class. If I want to upgrade, do I have to buy a new ticket altogether, or can I just go to the ticket office and pay the difference?

Thanks! :)
 
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Not sure why you would want to upgrade-pretty much no difference between standard and first, especially on a short run like that-won't be a 313 though-they only go to letchworth via the loop.
 

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In the evening peak you have to change going northbound at WGC as there is no direct service from Potters Bar.
Potters Bar to WGC will either be 313s or 317/321 - most of those particular services that terminate at WGC I think are declassified anyway.
(My morning southbound service that starts at letchworth is a declassifed 317.)
You will get a 317 or 321 from WGC to Letchworth.

I do this journey every day - I wouldn't bother upgrading!
 

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Can't see a reason to go first class on FCC; all you get is a slightly higher chance of getting a seat plus some antimacassars (sp) on your seat back.
 

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I chose to upgrade for a number of reasons:

1) I get a service to Cambridge which is run by a 365 Networker, therefore there is hardly any danger of not getting First Class accomodation, as there would be if I travelled on a 317 or 313, for example.

2) I get this train at least twice a month and it is always very, very busy, even though it is an off peak train. I like to have a seat and somewhere quiet, where I can work. Yes, it is only a short distance to travel but nonetheless I would rather have a seat and use the time usefully rather than stand around and do nothing for forty five minutes.

3) I wasn't the only person who chose to go First; I sat in the rear carriage last night and there were four other people in there with me, all of whom were also using the compartment to work.
 
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