Strange London to Hastings routing.

Discussion in 'Fares Advice & Policy' started by Joshw83, 15 Apr 2019.

  1. Joshw83

    Joshw83 New Member

    Messages:
    1
    Joined:
    15 Apr 2019
    Hi, Sorry if this is in the wrong place.

    I found this extremely weird routing for London to Hastings on the NR enq ticket engine.
    Screenshot_20190415_221821.jpg

    I was wondering if this is actually a usable ticket and more if I can miss the xc connection at Oxford and not get fined by the guard for having an "invalid" itinerary. (Even though its an anytime open ticket)

    I'm definitely interested in doing it so I'm hoping it's usable (even if it causes some confusion at the Marylebone barriers.)
     
  2. Registered users do not see these banners - join or log in today!

    Rail Forums

     
  3. alistairlees

    alistairlees Member

    Messages:
    974
    Joined:
    29 Dec 2016
    I managed to replicate this last night by putting in "via Oxford". Haven't had time to look into why it does this though. Even with an itinerary I am sure you will be challenged on this - it's so obviously off-route. A few people will be along in a moment to tell you that it's nevertheless valid though.
     
  4. yorkie

    yorkie Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    42,216
    Joined:
    6 Jun 2005
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    It's valid at the moment, but obviously not for much longer as it's been exposed on here, so it will be fixed soon.
     
  5. yorkie

    yorkie Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    42,216
    Joined:
    6 Jun 2005
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    if you are sold a ticket with a particular itinerary and you travel in accordance with that itinerary, your ticket is valid.
    It would be unlawful for an XC Guard to charge you any additional payment.
    If the website you purchase the ticket from issues an itinerary, then yes.

    But you may find it fixed before you can buy it, as the error has been exposed.
     
  6. Kite159

    Kite159 Veteran Member

    Messages:
    12,850
    Joined:
    27 Jan 2014
    Location:
    West of Andover
    Would that ticket even work the barriers at Marylebone?

    (So unless you are using another ticket to bypass the barriers, you will be straight up for a fight if the Chiltern RPIs are floating around Marylebone, not to mention the potential hassle you might get from the guard on the GWR service from Reading to Redhill).
     
  7. robbeech

    robbeech Established Member

    Messages:
    2,640
    Joined:
    11 Nov 2015

    It’s unlikely to work the MYB barrier but there’s very little they can do without being unlawful as mentioned. Of course, they’re likely to be unlawful because they’ll get away with it.
     
  8. Nick Nation

    Nick Nation Member

    Messages:
    26
    Joined:
    29 Mar 2019
    Hi Josh, I'm wondering why you got that result - it clearly doesn't recognise the existence of the Underground! Did you search specifying 'avoid Underground' or something like that? Would make a good railtour though!
     
  9. akm

    akm Member

    Messages:
    27
    Joined:
    21 Mar 2018
    You can make it do this by specifying a via point of Oxford. With this, it also offers itineraries Marylebone - Oxford - Paddington - Tube - a south London terminal - Hastings, though with these it doesn't offer a single through ticket.
     
  10. alistairlees

    alistairlees Member

    Messages:
    974
    Joined:
    29 Dec 2016
    Just read post #2?
     
  11. paddington

    paddington Member

    Messages:
    700
    Joined:
    19 Feb 2013
    Either I'm doing something wrong or it was fixed in the past hour.

    I believe at least MYB-OXF and OXF-RDG are reservable, so if the website was able to produce this itinerary and reserve seats the ticket might have more chance of being accepted without hassle?
     
  12. Starmill

    Starmill Events Co-ordinator

    Messages:
    12,771
    Joined:
    18 May 2012
    Location:
    Manchester
    London Terminals to Redhill single at £11.40 still shown as valid via Oxford by NRE to me.
     
  13. Old Shire

    Old Shire Member

    Messages:
    47
    Joined:
    11 Jun 2012
    Location:
    Shirehampton, Bristol
    For another weird trip to Hastings. Try Havant to Hastings via Edenbridge return!
     
  14. JB_B

    JB_B Member

    Messages:
    691
    Joined:
    27 Dec 2013
    What routes did you have in mind?
     

Share This Page