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1  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: Fare changes and best split if still worth it on: January 01, 2020, 03:03:06 pm
Any thoughts folks?
2  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: Fare changes and best split if still worth it on: December 25, 2019, 11:18:22 pm
Haha... that’s was daft!!

Outward Kemble to Paddington, then back.

No railcards unless there was one worth me buying!!

Just me travelling, work commute as described above

Thanks for the reply, especially today!
3  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Fare changes and best split if still worth it on: December 25, 2019, 08:36:07 pm
Merry Christmas everyone!

I haven't been travelling to London much but that is about to change.... A couple of years back there were all sorts of splits and things but noticing the new timetable it looks like I will take a 06:47 out on a Monday and an 1830 back on a Wednesday.

This looks to be £114.30

Are there any cheaper combinations aside travelling past 0930? Will a Didcot or chorsley type split still work or be anyway useful for the above?

Thanks in advance!

4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Diddled on the Didcot? on: November 26, 2018, 05:23:07 pm
I had bought a fare split from Stroud to London Paddington return as I was expecting to be travelling on a Didcot stopping service on the return.  For this I had paid:

Anytime single Stroud to Didcot £40.20
Anytime day return Didcot to London £64.60
Super off peak single Didcot to Stroud £14.10

Total spend £118.90.

On the way home I missed the train I was going to get and went for the Swansea 16:45 to change at Swindon. Knowing the Didcot switch to be invalid on this service I went to Paddington ticket office and said I was no longer travelling to Didcot and was now going through to Swindon on the 16:45 - he sold me a Didcot to Swindon super off peak single at £10.50

On the train the ticket inspector told me this was wrong and that I needed to pay for another ticket and was sold a Didcot to Swindon standard class for an additional £23.40

Total cost for return journey £149.80

That can’t be right can it? How do I complain or get some element of refund?

I don’t mind paying my way and I even get some of it paid by company but this just doesn’t sound right to me.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Getting from Gloucestershire to London on: April 25, 2016, 05:55:45 pm
Bugger, I am sitting on the train having bought the Cholsey option as a weekly set and have just realised that sitting on this 1742 I'm in a bit of bother!!!!

When the inspector comes round what do I ask for to sort it out? A single from Padd to Didcot?

Can I take my ticket in to ticket office and get it changed and pay difference as am likely to be doing the 1742 several times this week!
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Getting from Gloucestershire to London on: April 06, 2016, 09:33:31 am
So at 2 days a week the weekly option of Kem->Did, Did->Padd works out cheapest.

Which I guess will get cheaper as you go up the week-month-year options.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Getting from Gloucestershire to London on: April 05, 2016, 09:44:41 pm
So armed with the latest advice I've found the following pricing:

GWR Website

Kemble to Didcot Return ^62
Didcot to Padd Return ^60.60
Daily return = ^122.60

Kemble to Swindon Return ^26.80
Swindon to Padd Return ^125
Daily Return = ^151.80

Kemble to Didcot single ^31
Didcot to Padd Single ^30.60
Padd to Didcot Single ^30.60
Didcot to Kemble Single ^11.60
Daily Return = 61.60+42.20=^103.80

Kemble - Padd directs:
Weekly Season ^247.40
Monthly Season ^844.10
Annual ^8792

Kem-Did Weekly ^80.80
Did-Padd Weekly ^123.70
Weekly Season = ^204.50


Has anyone found anything cheaper or know of a cheaper way of doing it?  This is on the GWR website.

Cholsey sounds a stretch to far so won't try that option.

8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Getting from Gloucestershire to London on: March 25, 2016, 05:56:07 pm
Thanks for the info guys, I will look into this further and am now well armed with info to make a decision.

Ollie thanks for the advice on reserving seats as well.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Getting from Gloucestershire to London on: March 23, 2016, 06:02:33 pm
I'm considering monthly rather than annual, will GWR website be cheapest and would I still get splits I.e, Kemble to Didcot monthly and Didcot to pad monthly?

Also when I travelled the other day I noticed lots of reserved seats, how do I do that?

Thanks  Smiley
10  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Getting from Gloucestershire to London on: February 20, 2016, 10:23:49 am
Thanks for the advice, that helps a lot.

Thinking that I need to look in to weekly/monthly/annual comparisons and go from there then... Majority of potential clients are in London but I'm going to be looking towards Bristol/Swindon/etc., so will take that in to account and check how flexible the annual.

Is best place for that simply to use GWR website?

Thanks again for the help, invaluable!!!
11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Getting from Gloucestershire to London on: February 18, 2016, 09:06:38 pm
... I too will leave it for others to comment on the splitting ...

Couldn't resist ...

For a train that calls at Didcot both ways - ^103.20, or if you want to be able to use the ones that don't stop at Didcot - ^104.90.   Subject to verification by others here as that's just my reading of it and I'm not trained on these things.    Single Kemble to Didcot (peak) and back (super off-peak Didcot to Kemble is only restricted in the morning peak).  Then a Didcot to Paddington return.  For a very little more, you can get a week's season from Didcot to Cholsey and a Cholsey to Paddington day return, and because we're playing the ATOC / National Rail version of Mornington Crescent you can invoke NCoC 18c and use a train that doesn't call at Didcot of Cholsey.

So a split at Didcot and a potential further split at cholsey.  Then I guess look to buy as soon in advance as possible?

Think I'll have to put a spreadsheet together with lots of options to try and work it out...

I was told to watch for where the break points are for weekly and monthly as it may end up being cheaper to get a monthly even if I only use it for three days a week.. Shame they can't let people share a ticket as a seat paid is a seat paid  Sad
12  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Getting from Gloucestershire to London on: February 18, 2016, 08:59:43 pm
Hi Dubbs and welcome.

06:43 from Kemble with a split at Didcot is, I believe, a popular choice. Parking at Kemble is OK at that time of day too. If you're not worried about the split ticket, it's normally possible to scoot across to the 06:58 on platform 3 at Swindon meaning you can cut out Didcot as a stop.

17:42 from PAD is a good train home as it skips Reading so is slightly less busy than some of the rush-hour departures.

I'm not the expert on ticket splits - I'll leave that to the others.

You don't perchance own a D4, do you...  Wink

I just might.... Unless I cut you up and you're looking for blood in which case it was the wife!!!  Grin. What made you ask?
13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Getting from Gloucestershire to London on: February 18, 2016, 05:43:52 pm
Hi all - I'm looking for those gurus/commuters that know a thing or two about living near/around Stroud/Minchinhampton and commuting to London.

I a looking to be in London 3 days a week, I would need to get there before 9am (preferably 08:30 latest) and would want to be catching a train back from Paddington around 17:30 onwards.

I have looked at Kemble or Stroud being a possible station to leave from (Kemble 20 mins drive away) and have considered the 06:43 from there with a 17:43 coming home.

My days can vary about, for example I may find that one week I can do 2 days in London, the next 4 days, or even change mid week depending on what I need to do.

For now though, considering 3 days a week and potentially 06:43 train from Kemble and 17:43(or thereabouts) from Paddington what is the cheapest way to do this ticket-wise?

I'm considering ticket splitting, booking ahead (where I can) and even a season ticket if it works out that much cheaper.

Help?!?!  It's a minefield and I'd appreciate some expert advice  Grin
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