Newcastle to Darlington - season ticket

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  1. n20998

    n20998 New Member

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    Hi all,

    I've just found this forum and it looks excellent. I travel from Newcastle to Darlington, usually 4 times a week, for a total of around 160 - 170 times per year. I'm hoping to get some advice on season tickets and other possible ways to make it cheaper...

    1) If I get a season ticket for Newcastle to Darlington, can I travel to Durham as an intermediate station? Could I, say, travel from Newcastle to Durham, then back from Durham to Newcastle without any problems?

    2) Any ideas to make travel a bit cheaper. The season ticket works out at the same cost as about 166 individual journeys, which is around what I do. Monthly tickets (are these actually a month or 28 days?) don't really help. I don't think I qualify for any type of railcard. The best I can find is possibly using a site which offers points worth about 1% back. Is there anything else I can be doing?

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Thansk
     
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    Season tickets are valid at any intermediate station, so you can use your ticket for any journeys between any of Newcastle, Chester-le-Street, Durham and Darlington.

    A monthly ticket is valid for one calendar month. You can save some money across the year by getting "odd period" season tickets, adding a few odd days to a monthly ticket, so that it always starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday.
     
  3. Merseysider

    Merseysider Established Member Fares Advisor

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    With a season ticket, you can use it to make an infinite number of journeys to/from any station on a permitted route between the stations on the ticket, as per the National Rail Conditions of Carriage.

    In this case, a Newcastle to Darlington season could be used to travel Newcastle-Durham and back without any issues whatsoever.

    I've found an option that would save approximately 10% on the cost of what you pay per season ticket. It's not a loophole or anything 'naughty' but nonetheless I will send it over PM to prevent the train companies picking up on it. Edited to add that I'll only be able to do this once "awaiting activation" changes and/or mods enable your PM facilities! :)
     
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    Thanks both for the very quick responses. I hope I get activated soon!

    Arctic Troll - I don't understand what you mean by odd periods. How do I do that? The 4 days I use are usually Mon - Thurs, does that help me?
     
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    Merseysider Established Member Fares Advisor

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    PM sent. If anything needs further explanation, just send me, Arctic Troll or anyone with "Fares Advisor" in their title a PM :)
     
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    yorkie Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Any period of your choosing between 1 calendar month and 1 year.

    Unless you require the Season on other days, it's best to ensure the Season starts and finishes on a work day (taking into account annual leave, bank holidays etc)

    So for example you may wish a Season to start this Tuesday (26th) and finish on Thursday the 2nd of July. Then your next Season could start Monday 6th July, and so on, typically 5 week blocks (extending it to 6 or 7 weeks if convenient).
     
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    Merseysider Established Member Fares Advisor

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    The National Rail Enquiries season ticket calculator can be helpful to work out the best ticket to buy. You can enter custom time periods or just ask for 1 week/1 month or all options.
     
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    Thanks everyone for your help, in particular JakeF for the detail in the PMs. Really glad I signed up and asked!
     
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