Senior Railcard Moments October 2019

Our Bat & Ball correspondent, Keith Alderman, has now retired. However, when Thameslink allow him, he’s making good use of his Senior Railcard!

Delay Repay Claims: total 1 January 2019 to 31 October 2019 inclusive = £137.36
(East Midlands Trains £5.36, Greater Anglia £8.90, Southeastern £31.50, Southern £2.00, South Western Railway £19.56, Thameslink £15.90, Virgin £53.63, West Midland Railway £0.51). One claim outstanding.

This month’s delays: total 120 minutes, Southeastern 67, Thameslink 53

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Bat & Ball Rounding

Regular readers will recall that I queried with Southeastern why the January fare increase resulted in different season ticket prices to London Terminals for Bat & Ball when compared to Otford and Sevenoaks; historically the fares to London Terminals for all three stations have been identical. The annual fare increase was 3.2%, this was applied to Bat & Ball fares, but Otford and Sevenoaks fares only increased by 3.09%. Southeastern blamed the differences on rounding and advised that the fares were set in stone and will not be corrected/reviewed until the fare revision in January 2020!

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Egham puzzler: £40.40, £17.05 or £15.15?

If you’re going from the Sevenoaks area via London to somewhere else in the London & South East Network Area between 0900 and 1000 a through ticket may not be your best option. For instance from Bat & Ball to Egham via Waterloo on the 0921 the train company websites quote you an “Anytime Return” for £40.40. But two off-peak returns (Sevenoaks to Waterloo, Waterloo to Egham) are valid and would cost a total of £17.05. Even better, an off-peak Travelcard and a return from Feltham to Egham would cost a total of only £15.15 – before any railcard discounts are applied.

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Senior Railcard Moments May 2019

Our Bat & Ball correspondent, Keith Alderman, has now retired. However, when Thameslink allow him, he’s making good use of his Senior Railcard!

Delay Repay Claims: total 1 January 2019 to 31 May 2019 inclusive = £27.80
(Southeastern £23.70, Southern £2.00 Thameslink £2.10).

This month’s delays: total 83 minutes, Southeastern 56, Thameslink 27

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