Senior Fares Advisor
- 15 Jun 2010
I've only just noticed that a new version of the routeing guide instructions was published on 15 November 2019. The only substantive change is the addition of the following paragraph:
A NOTE ABOUT ROUTEING WITH OUTBOUNDARY TRAVELCARDS
(TRAVELCARDS VALID FROM STATIONS OUTSIDE THE LONDON ZONAL FARE AREA TO ZONES WITHIN IT)
The route you take between your origin station and the point at which you first cross into the London zonal area (Zones 1-9) should be the route valid for a journey to ‘London Terminals’, regardless of the zone(s) to which the ticket is actually valid or the combination of London Travelcards being used. This does not affect validity within the London zonal area, where you are permitted to use any eligible National Rail service within the zone(s) for which your Travelcard is valid.’
This is, I think, the first direct indication in the routeing guide of which routes are permitted for a Travelcard. As it specifies Travelcards, I assume this does not affect tickets to locations such as "Zone U6 London".
700898 (Routeing Point) Customers travelling from Roydon (Essex), Harlow Town and Harlow Mill to Basildon, Laindon or West Horndon may travel via Upminster. This routeing point easement applies in both directions
Is it really a change? It looks to have been done in a way similar to how non-contractual notes have recently been included in the NRCoT. It specifically calls itself "a note", and it also says your route "should" (i.e. not "must") be valid for a journey to London Terminals. It's also very weird the way it says it should be a route to "London Terminals", a fares concept, and not "London Routeing Group". This looks to me like a non-contractual addition. It probably is worth somebody asking DfT and Passenger Focus about documentation relating to the consultation process, though.
It is only valid if used with a valid Travelcard/Freedom pass that covers zone 6.
It is valid to the first crossing of the outer boundary of Zone 6, using any permitted route (observing any fare related restriction) to any station within zones 1-6 that the associated Travelcard/Freedom pass is valid to.
 Does anyone have any record of this original confirmation from A.T.O.C.? The closest I can find is a July 2012 forum post from user OwlMan, where he said, in reference to a Boundary Zone 6 ticket, that A.T.O.C. had told him
I don't have it in writing, but I do know that the planners implement it, and it is the reason why the outboundary Travelcards from the south WCML have "route Watford Junction" on them, whereas the point to point fares don't.
Are you saying that journey planners do now implement the rule implied by the additional routeing guide text noted above ( https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/national-routeing-guide-update.99396/page-37#post-4382027 ) ?
No, I meant they implemented the idea that you could use any permitted route to the boundary station of your choice.
I don't know if they have been changed in accordance with that link yet.
Correct - journey planners don't even get as far as checking for the map easement, as the route is already invalid due to the doubleback, which is through Swinton (and possibly Rotherham, depending on the exact route taken) as well as Meadowhall. It's an interesting diversion.I suspect this may be because there's no easement to let you double back through Meadowhall for that journey.