Routeing query

Discussion in 'Fares Advice & Policy' started by richardtheblue, 12 Mar 2009.

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  1. richardtheblue

    richardtheblue Member

    15 Apr 2008

    Travelling from Cambridge to Banbury (Standard Off-peak return), is it permissible to go via Basingstoke? My attempt at checking the routeing guide suggests it is, travelling London Waterloo-Basingstoke on map WX (the direct SWT train?) and then Basingstoke-Reading-Banbury on map CS (with Crosscountry), but I'm not confident in my understanding of the rules, so I'd be very grateful if someone could confirm if this is correct or not.

    Many thanks,
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  3. John @ home

    John @ home Established Member Fares Advisor

    1 Mar 2008
    I agree with you. It is valid via Basingstoke (except on tickets routed "Not London") using maps CS + WX.

    The Virgin booking engine will sell you tickets by this route. Curiously, the NXEC site offered to sell me singles but not returns.

  4. me123

    me123 Established Member

    9 Jul 2007
    Looks perfectly fine to me. However, make sure you are on an "Any Permitted" ticket, as some say "Not London".

    Off Peak Return is priced at £53 and has restriction 4Q:

    OUTWARD: Not valid on trains booked to arrive in London before 10am. You can not depart Paddington on certain trains between 1600-1915 inclusive, although if you're going to Waterloo this doesn't apply to you.

    RETURN: Not valid for departure before 9:30am. Furthermore, not valid on departures from London King's Cross between 1730 and 1830 inclusive.

    Only thing is, NXEC won't sell me this ticket for any trains for some reason :?

    EDIT: If Virgin are selling it, I'll assume it's a flaw in the NXEC site. It looks perfectly valid with the restrictions I've listed above.
  5. OwlMan

    OwlMan Established Member

    25 Jun 2008
    Bedworth, Warwickshire
    You are allowed the following routes

    Maps BB + CN
    Cambridge - Leicester - Birmingham - Banbury (the route from Leicester can be via Coventry or Birmingham (or both))
    Or Via London

    From Cambridge to London Map WA-
    either Kings X route or Liverpool St route

    and after crossing London One the following

    Map GC - From Marylebone (or Paddington) via West Ruislip

    Maps CS +WR Via Reading to Paddington

    Maps CS +WX via Reading and Staines to Victoria or Waterloo
    or via Reading & Basingstoke or Guildford via Woking to Victoria or Waterloo

    So yes you can

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