Reminder: Photocards needed for 7-day paper Travelcards

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With effect from NFM12 (20th May, or just over two weeks from now), National Rail ticket offices will only issue 7-day paper Travelcards to holders of a Photocard. (Photocards can be made at any staffed station on production of a passport-sized photograph.)

The reason for the change is unclear.
 
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Do YP photocards count or does it have to be a photocard proper?
As stated in another thread, a Y-P photocard can be used for one weekly "in an emergency", but subsequent purchases require a season ticket photocard to be issued.

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Is it still the case that if one buys from SWT you get renewals cheaper (assuming they perform poorly)?
 

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Is it still the case that if one buys from SWT you get renewals cheaper (assuming they perform poorly)?
The TOCs still offering Charter Discounts rather than Delay Repay are:

  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • c2c
  • Chiltern Railways
  • First Great Western
  • First Transpennine Express
  • Northern
  • ScotRail
  • South West Trains
  • Virgin Trains

The only flow to which a discount currently applies is Virgin on Euston - Scotland.

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I'm confused. At my station a photocard has always been required for a 7-day season; even if you bought it at the machine you had to write the photocard number on it or it wasn't valid. Was it different for travelcard seasons? Is that what the change is?
 

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I'm confused. At my station a photocard has always been required for a 7-day season; even if you bought it at the machine you had to write the photocard number on it or it wasn't valid. Was it different for travelcard seasons? Is that what the change is?
It depends where you travel from. The only 7-day season you can purchase at present without requiring a photocard is a 7-day Travelcard valid only within the London Fare Zones.

7-Day Travelcards valid from stations outside of the LFZ DO require a Photocard.

For example:

A 7-day Travelcard valid from East Croydon (In-Boundary Station) currently doesn't require a Photocard.

A 7-day Travelcard valid from Gatwick Airport (Out-Boundary Station) does require a photocard.

This new change from the 20th means that ALL season tickets including the In-Boundary 7-day Travelcards will require a Photocard for validity.
 
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