FIP on Heathrow Express

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  1. 102 fan

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    Hi

    Does Heathrow Express still not accept FIP's? Also, does the Heathrow connect accept them?

    Last time I was in London, 10 years ago, HE didn't take them.

    Thanks
     
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  3. cav1975

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    What is an FIP?
     
  4. sonic2009

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    An FIP is an International Priv Card.
     
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    Domestic ATOC Priv is valid on Heathrow Express. I paid around £4.50 when I used it a few months ago.
     
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    Surely you don't need FIP, just use your ATOC card?
     
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    I think the OP may work for NI Railways? His location is Belfast?
     
  8. Gerald Fiennes

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    Yes, FIP will work on both HEx and Heathrow Connect. HEX joined the staff travel scheme about 10 years ago.
     
  9. harz99

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    Presumably still only at quarter rate paid travel on HEX though, not for free "box" travel ?
     
  10. paulravuslante

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    I'm not sure where you've heard this from. HEx staff don't get access to FIP (only ATOC) so I can't see why there would be an agreement to accept FIP.

    Up until last year I worked in HEx ticket offices and am quite sure I remembered our Ticket Recognition Guide stating that we were not to accept FIP or PTAC (London Underground staff travel card). In fact I just managed to access the Guide on our Intranet and it definitely says no FIP / PTAC.

    ATOC is acceptable for HEx provided you buy a ticket from a ticket office before boarding the train and gets you the usual 75% off the fare. Free boxes cannot be used.

    Where it gets complicated is with Heathrow Connect. Whichever staff passes FGW accept are valid between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington (including free boxes on ATOC). Beyond Hayes the more restrictive HEx arrangements apply as above.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Interesting; I flew into LHR a few days ago and used Heathrow Connect to PAD on a dated box, without comment from the TE.

    I have always thought that retired safeguarded staff free boxes can be used on HConnect throughout?
     
  12. Urban Gateline

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    Isn't Heathrow Connect, different to Heathrow Express though? It is HEX that is being debated here.
     
  13. harz99

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    Maybe you should tell Paul of post 9 that then. All I'm doing is responding to his comment........................

    And maybe reread the last bit of the OP which mentions HC................
     
  14. paulravuslante

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    I wasn't 100% sure whether they were or weren't, so I erred on the side of caution just in case they weren't accepted. I did refer to my old ticket training notes from about 3 years ago which specifically noted that boxes couldn't be used between Hayes & Harlington and the airport. That may have changed or perhaps the CSA on board was being a nice person :D

    Would you be FGW staff per chance? There's an agreement that FGW staff can travel for free on Connect throughout.
     
  15. harz99

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    No; old BR man!
     
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