There can also be restrictions based on route (e.g. London Waterloo barriers reject SOUTHERN ONLY tickets, including outboundary Travelcards which are valid on SWT within the zones).I don't know how subtle the software is: can it be programmed to reject tickets at certain times, or purchased form certain locations? It will also vary station to station and between different train operating companies.
I always break my journey to St James Park at Exeter Central and the barriers (particularly the new bridge ones) will accept my ticket one day and refuse it the next! St Davids tend to work much better though.Its always Exeter St Davids and Central (FGW and always brought from TVP ) its very odd
Try breaking your journey at Woking with a ticket to Worplesdon. It's amazing how many of the barrier staff have no clue where it is despite it being the next station!Your Lucky, staff at Three Bridges didn't know what one was when I went there and nearly didn't let me back in.
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As did Chiltern barriers did with my Chiltern Day ticket. At High Wycombe the 'fully trained attendant' looked at the Chiltern Trains Only ticket and proclaimed 'you can't use that here'. :roll:If it's any consolation, every East Midlands Trains barrier rejected my East Midlands Rover last year. Frustrating.