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edited 8 March 2013 at 2:11PM in Public Transport & Cycling
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  • Hi all,

    I can get advanced tickets via the internet for one half of my journey to London.

    I have £15 in train rail travel vouchers, which I intend to use for the 2nd half of my trip to the Kent coast. Does anyone know whether I can use these vouchers to buy my 2nd-half ticket at my starting departure point rather than queue at Victoria London ?

    Any advise would be welcome.
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    sirmarcus wrote: »
    Hi all,

    I can get advanced tickets via the internet for one half of my journey to London.

    I have £15 in train rail travel vouchers, which I intend to use for the 2nd half of my trip to the Kent coast. Does anyone know whether I can use these vouchers to buy my 2nd-half ticket at my starting departure point rather than queue at Victoria London ?

    Any advise would be welcome.

    You can buy advance ticket from any manned railway station doesn't have to be the start or end destinations either.
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  • You can buy advance ticket from any manned railway station doesn't have to be the start or end destinations either.


    No probs with the the advanced tickets for the 1st half of my journey.

    My queston was 'I have £15 in train rail travel vouchers, which I intend to use for the 2nd half of my trip to the Kent coast. Does anyone know whether I can use these vouchers to buy my 2nd-half ticket at my starting departure point rather than queue at Victoria London ?'.

    Hope that this clarifies.
  • edited 21 December 2010 at 12:44AM
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    edited 21 December 2010 at 12:44AM
    sirmarcus wrote: »
    No probs with the the advanced tickets for the 1st half of my journey.

    My queston was 'I have £15 in train rail travel vouchers, which I intend to use for the 2nd half of my trip to the Kent coast. Does anyone know whether I can use these vouchers to buy my 2nd-half ticket at my starting departure point rather than queue at Victoria London ?'.

    Hope that this clarifies.
    No, it does not clarify anything.
    All you have done is repeat the exact same question.

    You can buy any railway ticket between any two stations from any manned station in the country.

    In this context 'country' means England, Scotland and Wales.

    Whether the vouchers can be used depends on who issued them and on whether there are any restrictions on who can redeem them.

    Hope that this clarifies.
  • I have a few queries below :

    1. One of my friends bought two rail tickets from Poole railway station; one travelling from Clapham Junction-to-London Victoria and another travelling from London Victoria-to-Broadstairs. She already had an advanced ticket from Poole to Clapham Junction.

    2. The train coach, which she was in had no heating between Poole-to-Clapham Junction, and, as a consequence, she developed a chill that meant she couldn't complete her journey and she had to return home to Poole.

    3. Due to the above, I assume that she can claim a refund for her unused tickets for Clapham-to-Victoria and Victoria-to-Broadstairs ? If so, who does she claim the money from ? Is is the South-west train station at Poole ?

    4. Can she claim money back for the unheated carriage ?

    Any advise would be most welcome.

    Thanks in advance.
  • edited 30 December 2010 at 9:44PM
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    edited 30 December 2010 at 9:44PM
    I have a few queries below :

    1. One of my friends bought two rail tickets from Poole railway station; one travelling from Clapham Junction-to-London Victoria and another travelling from London Victoria-to-Broadstairs. She already had an advanced ticket from Poole to Clapham Junction.

    2. The train coach, which she was in had no heating between Poole-to-Clapham Junction, and, as a consequence, she developed a chill that meant she couldn't complete her journey and she had to return home to Poole.

    3. Due to the above, I assume that she can claim a refund for her unused tickets for Clapham-to-Victoria and Victoria-to-Broadstairs ? If so, who does she claim the money from ? Is is the South-west train station at Poole ?

    4. Can she claim money back for the unheated carriage ?

    Any advise would be most welcome.

    Thanks in advance.
    I think you'll find that there is no obligation for any railway company to provide heat in a carriage.

    Did she get to Clapham Junc before deciding to return home? If so, then the Advance ticket has been fully used, hasn't it?

    Your friend made the choice to travel no further.
    The railway companies provided their part of the bargain.

    Sorry, I don't understand why anyone should refund anything.


    P.s. just wondering...
    Why did your friend not move to a coach which did have heating?
    It couldn't be because her reserved seat was in a particular carriage, because SWT don't do seat reservations.
    Also, boarding at Poole, it is most unlikely that the train was so full that she couldn't move.
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    The unused tickets (which I assume were walkon tickets as advance tickets don't exist on those routes ) can probably be refunded - ask at Poole station. There will be a £10 admin fee which will mean the CJ-Vic one won't result in anything.

    A complaint to SW Trains about the heating might result in a travel voucher for a small amount
  • edited 2 January 2011 at 7:56PM
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    edited 2 January 2011 at 7:56PM
    Thank goodness for the continued incompetence from our rail companies !!

    Due to the adverse weather, I (and my family) was forced to use our poor railway system to visit family over Xmas and New Year rather than go via car.

    We got six sets of rail tickets for our outward and return journeys. None of these tickets were stamped, clipped or collected from us by any rail inspector. I now intend to claim that these tickets have never been used and to reclaim a refund accordingly. I did exactly the same last year without any probs.

    I'm also hopeful that I will be given train vouchers as compensation with regards the poor quality of one of our rail carriages.

    This means that my overall rail costs will be very small and will be slightly cheaper than by travelling by car; although car will always be my preferance due to it's convenience and comfort compared with trains.

    I just hope the rail companies keep up with their incompetence in the event that I need to use them again.:rotfl::):rotfl:
  • Broadstone wrote: »
    Thank goodness for the continued incompetence from our rail companies !!

    Due to the adverse weather, I (and my family) was forced to use our poor railway system to visit family over Xmas and New Year rather than go via car.

    We got sixs set of rail tickets for our outward and return journeys. None of these tickets were stamped, clipped or collected from us by any rail inspector. I now intend to claim that these tickets have never been used and to reclaim a refund accordingly. I did exactly the same last year without any probs.

    I'm also hopeful that I will be given train vouchers as compensation with regards the poor quality of one of our rail carriages.

    This means that my overall rail costs will be very small and will be slightly cheaper than by travelling by car; although car will always be my preferance due to it's convenience and comfort compared with trains.

    I just hope the rail companies keep up with their incompetence in the event that I need to use them again.:rotfl::):rotfl:

    yes indead wot with the bad weather and the odd train strike aswell ive sent most of my tickets back for a compensation claim too. should pay for my train ticket for my summer holidays. nevermind one companys incompentence is a silverlining for sombody else :rotfl::):rotfl:
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    Hi everyone!

    I really fancy going to watch my beloved Bath City away at Darlington in 2 Saturday's time. I won't be able to get the time off work for when they are away to them in the league (Grand National Day when I work in a bookies... it's easier to get a meerkat to say simples in a zoo then get the day off that day!) so this extra Trophy game will give me the chance to go to their rather impressive ground.

    I have to go up and back in a day, so know it's going to be a long day for 2 hours, hopefully it will be worth it.

    I have checked already so I have done my research.

    It's a shade over £65 for two singles

    8am from Bath Spa gets me into Darlington after 1 change at Bristol Temple Meads at 1:01.

    Leaving at a bit before 6 gets me back to Bath around 11 (depending on which train I catch from Darlington).

    I have a Young Person's railcard which is why the tickets may seem cheaper than they should!

    I am tempted to try this split ticket idea, but don't know if it will be worth my while.

    Can anyone beat my price?!

    I need to be there by 2pm really which will give me an hour to find the ground and an leaving at 6pm which will give me an hour to find my way back to the train station from the ground! I failed History at school you see.....oh, I see my mistake now! I should have taken the geograpy exam! D'oh! :)

    Any help or ideas would be fantastic!

    TIA! :beer:
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