Sheffield to Lincoln

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  1. SuperOwl86

    SuperOwl86 Member

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    Just looking for some advice we have a group of 4 travelling from Woodhouse to Lincoln and back on 28th of Jan on the 11.55 and returning the next day on the 17.15.

    Having a look at fares its £64 all in from Woodhouse but just had a search and it is £40 from Sheffield are we able to join the service later than the start point of the ticket?
     
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    telstarbox Established Member

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    The £40 is for Advance fares both ways which are supposed to be used between the origin and destination stations only.
     
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    If you can change your plans to get the 13:55 out and 19:15 return, there are currently at least 4 advances fare available at £5 in each direction, but I'm sure they won't last long. You might be able to get a better price by booking parts of the group separately - booking engines will only give you advances at a certain price if there are enough for the whole group. From trying out various group sizes it looks to me like the currently available advances are:

    OUT
    1155 1@£5 0@£7 6@£8
    1255 0@£5 6@£7
    1355 7@£5

    RETURN
    1715 1@£5 0@£7 6@£8
    1915 4@£5 Plenty@£7

    If you split your booking into batches accordingly, you should be able to get the best prices. Someone needs to develop a booking engine that does this automatically!
     
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    It's an important point as regards "Advance" fares: they MUST only be used at the exact stations named on them; cannot be used to start short or finish short. If such activity is spotted you can be treated as if you have no ticket at all, with all that entails.
     
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    Thank you everyone for the input. Think we will just book from Sheffield and jump on a bus/taxi.

    Thank you.
     
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    If so treated, make a complaint and get a refund.

    The NRCoT states:
    I'm yet to actually see such an excess fare be issued, however.

    A memo was sent out a couple of years (ish) ago instructing staff not to charge such excesses.
     
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