Kirkham to London Euston

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  1. umontu

    umontu Member

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    Just wondering where the best place to split a ticket between Kirkham and London Euston is this wednesday.

    I've figured out already it's cheeper to split at Crewe. The gap between my arrival and the cheapest train is 30 minutes (Not a problem) but the journey time then on is over 3 hours! Is there a way I can make this a shorter journey but not as expensive? As the nearest ones to that train are over £50 more expensive!

    I'm leaving Kirkham at 06:56 returning from London at 21:10 and there are two of us one with a 16-25 railcard.

    Cheers in advance.
     
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  3. CompactDstrxion

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    Are you aware Virgin allow railcard-discounted Off-Peak tickets to be used at peak times? So a Preston to London Off-Peak Return, for example, could be used for one of you. I don't believe a Kirkham ticket could be used as this incorporates some travel that isn't on Virgin.

    Splitting opportunities are very limited to London on the West Coast due to the stopping pattern. The Virgin service you see from Crewe to London runs non-stop. The fare you found from Crewe to London is cheaper precisely because it is a slower service (London Midland only).
     
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  4. telstarbox

    telstarbox Established Member

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    Haven't got time to look it up but try splitting at Warrington Bank Quay (you need to use a train that stops there).
     
  5. OwlMan

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    Off Peak returns from Lancaster are valid on all trains that arrive in London after 1005. Unfortunately no break of journey is allowed on the outward journey so you are unable to join the train at Preston with a Lancaster ticket
    You could however try one of the following alternatives

    Kirkham dep 0608 or 0656
    Preston arr 0619 or 0707
    Preston dep 0644 or 0714
    Lancaster arr 0659 or 0730
    Lancaster dep 0737
    London arr 1012

    This would cost £9-30 each for a KIrkham - Lancaster return (no rc discount)
    plus £77-50 (£51-15 with R/C) for an Off peak Lancaster - London return.

    On the return journey a break of journey is allowed and you will be able to alight at Preston with no need to travel to Lancaster.

    The later of these journeys does not allow much time at Lancaster and I would advise cathching the earlier one.

    Peter
     
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  6. umontu

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    Thanks all, got it to £93.20 for both of us via Wolverhampton. That's good enough, still too late arriving for myself.
     
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