Manchester - Euston £320 ret??

Discussion in 'Fares Advice & Policy' started by Howardh, 9 May 2019.

  1. Indigo2

    Indigo2 Established Member

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    Restricted does not mean Banned. Maybe there is a better way of explaining this? The equivalent page on National Rail Enquiries https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/2C says "Applicable Days: Mondays to Fridays" which I find even more confusing since it arguably makes it look like the fare isn't available at all at weekends. Maybe a simple "Restrictions apply: Mondays to Fridays" is what is needed?
     
  2. Howardh

    Howardh Established Member

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    Just an update, as the advance cheapies became available I have now booked Bolton>Euston....St Pancras>Gatwick single with a old codgers pass, first class MAN-EUS and the total came to around £44. Happy days!
    Says there's no first class available on the BON-Picc leg (that's OK, knew that) or on the StP-Gatwick leg - thought there was but reading through it appears to be declassified.
    Anyhow, brilliant price, chuffed to bits, more spare cash for a beer or ten in Gibraltar!!
    However I have to stick to the trains given BUT I'm wondering does that apply to the local bits (BON-PICC) where there's no advance fare and to the final StP - GAT leg? I'm due on the 0954 from Bolton but wouldn't mind taking an earlier one (a) to avoid missing a connection - but the 20' should be fine and more importantly (b) a bit of time to grab a coffee and biscuit in the 1st lounge! I do know the Virgin 1035 is written in stone unless the first leg's late.
    (I haven't seen the local ticket yet to see if it gives a specific train).
     
  3. ForTheLoveOf

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    If your tickets specify a specific train then you should take that one, though there is no harm in being at the station early and asking the guard of an earlier service whether you can take their train.

    For legs which are unreserved you may use any service which is "appropriate" (whatever that means!) and which complies with the route or company restriction on your Advance. On a Virgin & Connections Advance any TOC goes for the connection.
     
  4. Howardh

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    Thanks, when I get the tickets I'll have a look at what the local ones say, and see if a specific service is on. Probably not, but if I'm doubtful I'll post them on here.
     
  5. _toommm_

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    You should be fine, and if anything, I would recommend it with the delays that can quickly occur on the Castlefield Corridor. As long as you travel on a train at a logical time I.e. not two hours earlier, you should be good.
     
  6. Hadders

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    For info St Pancras - Gatwick trains do have first class accommodation. You’ll find it at the very front of the train.

    At the very rear of the train there is another first class compartment but this one can be used by passengers holding standard class tickets.

    So, if you have a first class ticket use the front compartment to steer clear of the riff-raff.
     
  7. Howardh

    Howardh Established Member

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    Right. If my ticket states first I'll use it, if not I'll go to the back. Ta!
     
  8. Deerfold

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    If your ticket is First Class it should be valid in First for the entire journey.
     

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