Maidenhead -> Paddington -> Newbury -> Maidenhead

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  1. ess

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    Tomorrow I need an off peak trip Maidenhead -> Paddington -> Newbury -> Maidenhead.

    What's the cheapest way of achieving that using fast trains where possible?
    Thanks
     
  2. lightbulb

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    A CDR Maidenhead - Paddington at £11.40, and a CDR Maidenhead - Newbury at £10.90 will cover you for this, but you'll need to be on a train that calls at Maidenhead. Unfortunately, Paddington to Newbury trains are usually non-stop to Reading.

    So using the fast trains, you'll need a CDR Reading - Paddington at £18.10, then a CDR Reading - Newbury at £6.10, and a CDS Reading - Maidenhead at £6.00.
     
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    Thames Branches Day Ranger at £19.45 allows unlimited off peak journeys to from any station between Paddington and Reading, so that combined with a Reading to Newbury Off Peak Day Return at £6.10 is quite a bit cheaper. In fact with that combination the train doesn't even need to call at Reading! :D
     
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    I've found an even cheaper way using fast trains: a Thames Branches Day Ranger at £19.45, which will cover you for unlimited journeys between Reading and Paddington, and a CDR Reading to Newbury at £6.10.

    Edit: hassaanhc beat me to it!

    Further edit: hassaanhc says that with the above combination the train doesn't need to call at RDG. I disagree: unlike Rovers, Rangers do not count as season tickets or leisure passes for the purposes of condition 19c.

    And another edit: beaten to it again by jkdd77!
     
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    It would need to call, because the TBDR is not a 'leisure travel pass' within the meaning of Condition 19, since it is not valid for at least 3 days in a period of at least 7 consecutive days. Personally, I don't believe that it would need to be a 'open' call for both picking up and setting down, but that is already being discussed on a different thread and opinion varies.
     
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    And which trains to Newbury did you have in mind that don't call at Reading or call only to pick up or set down?
     
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    Oh dear! Thanks for correcting me :oops:
     
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    Great, thanks, very helpful.
     
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