Season ticket - using for half journey

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  1. paulfoel

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    Season ticket between Newport and Gloucester.

    VERY OCCASIONALLY I got via Bristol (usually only if there is a problem with line) because it takes longer/too much hassle to change. But I understand it is a valid route.

    The other day I had some work in Bristol. Travelled Newport-Glos as normal then got a lift there (to bristol) but rather than travel back to Gloucester, I got lift to Bristol Parkway and got on train back to newport from there.

    Ticket barrier at Parkway let me through, didnt see guard on train. Was it OK what I did?
     
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    Yes, a season ticket can be used for any journey between any pair of stations that are on a permitted route.
     
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    Ah good so I can start and stop where I like.

    How do I know whats the permitted route though?
     
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    By using something called the routing guide. For more info on it; see the RailUK Fares & Ticketing Guide - Section 3 - Routeing.
    For the route you want to use, you can go direct via Lydney, or via Bristol, so from what I can tell you can use it as far as Temple Meads, and of course break your journey at any station.

    Also, I don't know whether you ever go there, but a season to Cheltenham is the same price, so you could get a little extra validity for free.
     
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  5. paulfoel

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    Didnt know that. Never go there though.
     
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    Newport-Cheltenham has exactly the same validity as Newport-Gloucester. Newport-Ashchurch lets you go a bit further, but there's no point unless you ever catch a train that way.

    Ebbw Vale Parkway-Gloucester (or Ashchurch) is only a little more expensive (£4 extra on a £2980 annual season ticket), and may be worth considering if you ever go west of Newport by train.
     
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    So you never go to anywhere like the Midlands by rail?

    If you might, it's worth getting the extra validity as you never know when it may prove useful.
     
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    Im guessing cheltenham is limit for same price as glos? i.e. Its more for birmingham?

    BTW. What about cardiff-Glos is that the same as newport-glos? Occasionally, I might need to go to cardiff after work so would buy a separate ticket for this.

    EDIT- Just checked. A 7 day season ticket for CDF-GLOS is 10p more than NEWP-GLOS. So probably should have bought one from cardiff to glos.

    Got a month one now. Can I now amend this from CDF-GLOS instead of NEWP-GLOS. Its 40p more! Otherwise, odd journey to cardiff is going to cost me £6 a time!
     
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    Yes, you can get a Season ticket Changeover

    It may also be worth buying the Season in 5 week blocks (typically starting on a Monday and finishing on a Friday but taking into account bank holidays and annual leave) rather than 1 week at a time.

    Also from our Fares Guide:
     
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