RailUK Fares & Ticketing Guide - Section 6 - Discounted Fares

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  1. ainsworth74

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    6.5.4 Local discounts: Greater Manchester (TfGM)

    Disabled persons

    For residents of Greater Manchester who hold a national concessionary travel pass they can travel for free on rail and Metrolink services between 0930 and 0000 Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays. Before 0930, travel pass holders can travel at half the current standard fare on rail and Metrolink services. If using a Metrolink ticket machine they are advised to purchase a 'child single' or 'child return'. After 0930 they will not need a ticket to travel. The travel pass is only valid for free or half-price travel for journeys which begin and end within the Greater Manchester rail boundary.

    A Concession Plus pass is also available for some people (details can be found here) and this grants free travel at all times on rail and Metrolink services within Greater Manchester.

    Senior Citizens

    Since 6 April 2010 eligibility is determined by state pension age which means the earliest date on which you can get your Pass will depend on when you were born and, if you were born on or after 6 April 1950, this date will be later than your 60th birthday. For men the eligible age is the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day. Find out when you will be eligible using the Gov.uk website State Pension Age Calculator here.

    For residents of Greater Manchester who hold a national concessionary travel pass they can travel for free on rail and Metrolink services between 0930 and 0000 Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays. Before 0930 there is no discount available.

    Under 16s

    For children who are sixteen or under there are a few discounts available. Rail Ranger tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate and give unlimited 'off-peak' travel within Great Manchester for one day. Season tickets can also be bought for half the standard price and allow for travel anywhere within Greater Manchester. Finally when accompanied by an adult up to four children can travel for the 'accompanied train travel' fare. This is usuall lower than the child half fare.
     
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    6.5.5 Local discounts: South Yorkshire (SYPTE)

    Mod Note - The concessionary scheme for SYPTE has changed recently, and will be changing again in June. Please check the latest arrangements with the authority directly.

    South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, branded publicly as Travel South Yorkshire, offer a number of extra discounts. This applies to both Travelmasters, season tickets for buses, trains and trams, and on individual fares.

    Young people

    16-19 Travelmaster (available until the day before 19th birthday) - £13.45 / Week, £47.25 / 28 days

    19-21 Travelmaster (available until the day before 21st birthday) - £16.50 / Week, £56.30 / 28 days

    College students (18 and over)

    Term Travelmaster (available to students in selected South Yorkshire H.E. Colleges, upon presentation of a valid voucher) - £165.50 / term

    Benefit Recipients

    A special Weekly Off-Peak Travelmaster, priced at £16.50, is available for those on selected state benefits. It is only valid on trains after 0900 Mondays-Fridays. Otherwise it carries the same restrictions as a normal Travelmaster. See the Travel South Yorkshire website for more information.

    The above tickets carry the same restrictions as the normal Travelmaster products, and are classed as PTE products for the purpose of NRCoC Condition 19. See the PTE Products: Seasons page for more information.

    All of the above tickets require an SYPTE photocard, appropriate proofs of entitlement and are only available to purchase from Travel South Yorkshire Information Centres.


    College and 6th Form Students (16-18)

    Students aged between 16 and 18 and studying for more than 12 hours every week may be entitled to a 16-18 Student Pass. This entitles holders to a 50% discount on any journeys wholly within South Yorkshire on Northern Rail services.

    Elderly - South Yorkshire Residents

    Holders of elderly English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) passes issued in South Yorkshire receive free travel on any train wholly in South Yorkshire, and on Northern Rail services to West Yorkshire as far as the first alighting station. They are only valid after 0900 Monday-Friday and at any time on Weekends and Bank Holidays. In addition, eldery ENCTS passholders also receive free travel on Sheffield Supertram. The same time restriction applies.

    Disabled - South Yorkshire Residents

    Holders of disabled ENCTS passes issued in South Yorkshire receive the same benefits as detailed above. However, no time restrictions apply.

    Elderly and Disabled - Non Residents

    Holders of ENCTS passes issued outside South Yorkshire receive free travel on Sheffield Supertram after 0930 Monday-Friday and any time on weekends and bank holidays. No discounts are offered on train travel, with the exception of West Yorkshire Metro ENCTS passholders who receive a 34% discount on cross-boundary train fares.
     
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    6.5.6 Local discounts: West Yorkshire (WY Metro)

    Scholars Photocards

    Scholar's Photocards (£2) are available for 16-18 year olds in full time education - they offer travel at the Child fare for journeys wholly within West Yorkshire.

    Blind persons passes

    For West Yorkshire residents Blind Person's Passes give entitlement to free rail travel within West Yorkshire at any time and Disabled Person's Passes give entitlement to the Concession fare (roughly half-fare travel) at or after 09:30 and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays (Concession Single / Return restrictions)

    ENCTS

    Holders of English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) passes issued by West Yorkshire Metro are entitled to a discount of 34% on journeys between West and South Yorkshire using Northern.

    Holders of ENCTS passes issued by South Yorkshire are entitled to free travel between West and South Yorkshire using Northern after 09:00 Mondays - Fridays and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays.
     
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    6.2.2 Small Group Discounts

    Many TOCs offer discounts for small groups travelling together. Unless otherwise stated, any further discounts such as Railcard discounts do not apply and the group must travel together at all times. Some examples are listed below.

    Chiltern Railway

    Chiltern introduced the Small Group Discount after the revision of the GroupSave scheme, which meant that four adults travelling together faced a 1/3 increase in fare. With this offer, three or four adults can still travel for no more than the cost of two adult tickets. An additional four children aged 5-15 may travel with the main group for £1 each.

    This offer is available on Off-Peak Return and Off-Peak Day Return fares to London, and Off-Peak Day Travelcard fares from stations served by Chiltern outside the London zonal area.

    Normal time restrictions apply in line with the fare being discounted. In addition, this offer is not available before 0930 on Mondays to Fridays. Tickets with the Small Group Discount are only valid on London Midland and Chiltern services outside the London zonal area.

    East Coast

    East Coast offer discounts of around 25% to groups of 3-9 on East Coast Advances when (and only when) tickets are bought on the East Coast website. The "G" symbol next to "EC Advance" in the booking engine means that this discount is being applied. East Coast's web discount does not apply if the Small Group discount applies.

    Northern Rail

    Northern Rail offer Northern Duos (two Off-Peak tickets for the price of one and a half) on selected routes across its network. These tickets are available through all booking channels.

    Arriva Trains Wales

    If there are from three to nine of people travelling together, they can save money by buying a ‘Small Group Day’ ticket, which gives each person 25% off the full price ticket. All of the travellers get a ticket but they do need to travel together for during both outward and return journeys.

    Small Group Day can be used after 09.30 Monday to Friday and anytime on weekends and Bank Holidays, and is available on journeys on the Arriva Trains Wales network where the fare is set by Arriva Trains Wales. Tickets are only available where there is a corresponding Off Peak Day or Anytime Day ticket on the journey being made. The product may be restricted on some days when there are sporting or other special events on the ATW Network.
     
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    6.6 Miscellaneous discounts

    6.6.1 Scholar Season Tickets

    In certain areas, discounts on the purchase of season tickets are available for those attending local schools or colleges. Administration can be carried out direct with the TOC, or may be administered by a third party such as a Community Rail Partnership. The exact terms and conditions vary between areas, for example, some are only valid for educational purposes.

    Known areas/providers for scholar season tickets:

    6.6.2 Greater Anglia Football Season Tickets and Flexi-Tickets

    Greater Anglia provides season tickets and 'Flexi-Tickets' (a carnet of 10) for members of, or match season ticket holders at; Ipswich Town (Ipswich), Norwich City (Norwich), Tottenham Hotspur (White Hart Lane/Northumberland Park) and West Ham (Stratford/Forest Gate) football clubs. These are valid for one season only and the origin must be on the Greater Anglia network. They are only valid for attendance at home games; between the nominated origin station and the applicable station for your team's football ground.

    They can only be purchased online through Greater Anglia at http://www.greenrailtravel.co.uk/acatalog/Football_Seasons.html.
     
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    6.5.7 Local discounts: Merseyside (Merseytravel)

    Students

    Students in full-time education, or work-based learning, can buy a 1-term multimodal or rail-only pass at a reduced rate. This is only valid on weekdays, during term time, between start of traffic and 20.00, and for educational purposes only. An application form is available from the Merseytravel website.

    Disabled or elderly local residents

    Those with certain disabilities, or over a certain age, are eligible for a Merseytravel Travel Pass. Holders must be resident in the City of Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral. This entitles holders to free travel on buses, ferries and all National Rail routes in the Merseytravel area. For eligibility and to apply, see the Merseytravel website (PDF).
     
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    6.5.8 Local discounts: Tyne & Wear (Nexus)

    Young People

    People who are aged 16-18 can purchase a MetroSaver Card which allows for travel on the whole Metro System, details can be found here. Holders of an Under 16 Pop Card can purchase a Child All-day Ticket for £1.10 which allows travel on all services all day. Holders of a U16 Pop Card can also purchase a single fare of 60p for rail travel between Newcastle and Sunderland, and Newcastle and MetroCentre/Blaydon valid at any time. For those that don't have a U16 Pop Card or live outside of Tyne & Wear there are a few other options. Firstly a commercial child transfare ticket can be bought and these allow travel two different types of transport (rail to Metro for example), the price varies depending upon operator as the fare is commercial and is only available to those who are under 14 years of age. Other options include the Junior Rover and Explorer North East Child.

    Over sixties

    Persons aged over sixty may be entitled to a Concessionary Travel Pass depending on their date of birth (see table here). This Travel Pass is not by itself valid for discounted travel on Northern Rail or Metro services however when combined with a Metro Gold Card passengers can travel for free on the Metro or Northern Rail between Sunderland and Newcastle after 0930 Monday to Friday (all day at Weekends and during July/August). At all other times a full adult fare must be bought. If a passenger is travelling to a hospital appointment then they may travel for free before 0930 if they show their appointment letter at the same time as their Metro Gold Card and Concessionary Travel Pass.

    Disabled persons

    If eligible for a Concessionary Travel Pass (see here for eligibility information) then such persons should also apply for a Metro Gold Card which allows for free travel on the Metro or Northern Rail between Sunderland and Newcastle after 0930 Monday to Friday (all day at Weekends and during July/August). At all other times a full adult fare must be bought.

    Under 16s should buy a Under 16 Pop Card, a All Day Concessionary Travel Pass and a Metro Gold Card. On the Metro or on Northern Rail between Sunderland and Newcastle the Metro Gold Card should be used and on Northern Rail between Newcastle and MetroCentre/Blaydon the U16 Pop Card should be used.
     
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    6.5.9 Local discounts: West Midlands (Network West Midlands/Centro)

    Full-time students aged 16-18

    Full-time students aged 16 or 17 who live in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton and whom are in full-time education can purchase a Network West Midlands 16-18 photocard. This entitles holders to purchase a child rate season ticket, or to pay child rate cash fares during school/college times. Application forms are available from schools/colleges in the area.

    Other full-time students

    Full-time students who are not eligible for the 16-18 photocard can purchase a 1-term multimodal pass for the Network West Midlands area at a reduced rate. An application form can be downloaded here.

    Disabled or elderly local residents

    Those with certain disabilities, or over a certain age, are eligible for a Centro Disabled Persons Pass or Older Persons Pass. Holders must be resident in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton. This entitles holders to free travel on buses, trams and all National Rail routes in the Network West Midlands area. For eligibility and to apply, see here for the disabled and here for the elderly.
     
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    6.1.8 Gold Card

    An annual season ticket acts as a Gold Card where the origin and/or the destination station is inside the Annual Gold Card area. Note that the area was recently extended, validity in certain new areas is determined by TOC.

    The holder of a Gold Card enjoys a wide range of benefits. Section 5.4.7 contains a more detailed breakdown of these benefits.

    An annual Travelcard season ticket issued on an Oyster card will also come with a Gold Card Record Card. If an annual Travelcard is issued on paper, you are also entitled to load your Gold Card onto an Oyster PAYG (Pay As You Go) card to benefit from discounted off-peak fares. Once this has been added to your Oyster card, you must not give your Oyster card to anyone else to use.

    Section 5.10 offers a more detailed explanation of Travelcard season tickets.
     
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    6.2.3 Family Travelcards

    Selected Train Companies offer (outboundary) Family Travelcards for unlimited off-peak travel within the London zonal area. The maximum group size is 2 adults and 4 children. They can be particularly useful for people without a Family & Friends Railcard.

    Section 5.9.4 contains a more detailed explanation.
     
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    6.1.6 Two Together Railcard

    The Two Together Railcard offers a discount of 34% on the full fare when both named cardholders travel together. Both named cardholders must travel for the discount to be valid.
     
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