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    • garnelle
    • By garnelle 30th Mar 18, 7:17 PM
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    Cheapest Network South East season ticket
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    • 30th Mar 18, 7:17 PM
    Cheapest Network South East season ticket 30th Mar 18 at 7:17 PM
    I may take a job that is based from home but will require travelling to London approx eight to ten times a month at varying times. I live in the South East.

    I am trying to work out if it is worthwhile purchasing the cheapest annual season ticket (that I will not use) to qualify for a Gold Railcard.

    The cheapest season ticket I have found is Drayton Park to Finsbury Park at £548.00.

    Is there a cheaper ticket in the South East?
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    • p00hsticks
    • By p00hsticks 30th Mar 18, 8:58 PM
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    • 30th Mar 18, 8:58 PM
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    • 30th Mar 18, 8:58 PM
    Reading to Reading West - £396 ?
    • garnelle
    • By garnelle 30th Mar 18, 9:02 PM
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    • 30th Mar 18, 9:02 PM
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    • 30th Mar 18, 9:02 PM
    Many thanks. I have just been onto rail forums who suggest Lapworth to Hatton at £160 is the cheapest.

    Lapworth has had an increase in passenger numbers of 50% in the last two years so it would appear I am not the only one.

    Living in Weymouth the Gold Card will be invaluable - possibly combined with Split Ticketing.
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 30th Mar 18, 10:50 PM
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    • 30th Mar 18, 10:50 PM
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    • 30th Mar 18, 10:50 PM
    Exeter St Davids to Exeter Central is £140.
    Stompa
    • p00hsticks
    • By p00hsticks 31st Mar 18, 12:07 AM
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    • 31st Mar 18, 12:07 AM
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    • 31st Mar 18, 12:07 AM
    Exeter St Davids to Exeter Central is £140.
    Originally posted by Stompa
    Is that part of the Network South East region though ?
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 31st Mar 18, 12:19 PM
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    • 31st Mar 18, 12:19 PM
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    • 31st Mar 18, 12:19 PM
    Is that part of the Network South East region though ?
    Originally posted by p00hsticks
    Only just!

    http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/Gold%20Card%20Dgm%20Key.pdf
    Stompa
    • garnelle
    • By garnelle 31st Mar 18, 12:39 PM
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    • 31st Mar 18, 12:39 PM
    Thank you Stompa.
    • Stompa
    • By Stompa 31st Mar 18, 1:21 PM
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    • 31st Mar 18, 1:21 PM
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    • 31st Mar 18, 1:21 PM
    Presumably the OP is after a Gold Card so they can travel first class? If not, would a simple Network Railcard be sufficient?
    Stompa
    • singhini
    • By singhini 31st Mar 18, 2:40 PM
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    • 31st Mar 18, 2:40 PM
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    • 31st Mar 18, 2:40 PM
    Not sure if this helps (apologies if not), but a friend on mine a few years ago got an NUS card (student card) by enrolling onto a course for something like £25.


    This NUS card then gave him discounts on things like train tickets, restaurants, gym membership etc.....




    Could his be something the OP looks into to manage train fares?
    • bubieyehyeh
    • By bubieyehyeh 31st Mar 18, 9:15 PM
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    Cheapest gold card is lapworth-hatton at £160.

    Advantage over network card is 33% discount on off-peak travel after 9.30am M-F without a £13 minimum fare.

    There is slightly more expensive gold card between two of the newhaven stations.
    • Kite2010
    • By Kite2010 1st Apr 18, 10:23 AM
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    Cheapest gold card is lapworth-hatton at £160.

    Advantage over network card is 33% discount on off-peak travel after 9.30am M-F without a £13 minimum fare.

    There is slightly more expensive gold card between two of the newhaven stations.
    Originally posted by bubieyehyeh
    Not to mention the wider area of validity & that you can get the discount added to an Oyster card for cheaper off-peak travel in London
    • macman
    • By macman 5th Apr 18, 12:16 PM
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    Didn't the cheapest season ticket option used to be between 2 stations on the Island Line (IoW). Has this changed?
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    • KeithP
    • By KeithP 5th Apr 18, 3:03 PM
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    Didn't the cheapest season ticket option used to be between 2 stations on the Island Line (IoW). Has this changed?
    Originally posted by macman
    Yes it has changed.
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    • gazapc
    • By gazapc 10th Apr 18, 10:56 PM
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    Not sure if this helps (apologies if not), but a friend on mine a few years ago got an NUS card (student card) by enrolling onto a course for something like £25.


    This NUS card then gave him discounts on things like train tickets, restaurants, gym membership etc.....




    Could his be something the OP looks into to manage train fares?
    Originally posted by singhini
    A NUS card will not get you railcard discounts.
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