Welwyn North to Falmer fare anomaly

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My niece's friend is hoping to study next September in Sussex, at Falmer.

She hopes to make occasional weekend trips home to her parents' home in Welwyn and will be buying a 16-25 Railcard. The railcard discounted Off-Peak Return (for travelling home Friday and back on Sunday) costs £27.85...

I know, however, that a similar discounted Off-Peak Return from Welwyn North to Eastbourne is £25.20, and is - from memory - valid for travel via Brighton. Is this the case? If so, could she buy the cheaper ticket, travel via Brighton, and just stop/start short at Falmer?

I notice the Welwyn North to Lewes fare is also £25.20

A small saving of £2.65 seems little to you and I, but if this is a legitimate way to minimise her travel costs, to a student, getting in effect 11 return trips for the price of 10 is worth looking into
 
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