On the wrong train? Is there a right one?

Trains. Gah. Buying a ticket and catching a train should be reasonably straight-forward - at least there's no real reason why it has to be more complicated that any other mode of transport, is there? It certainly shouldn't involve having to read the likes of this when you arrive at the train station:

Bitterwallet - East Midland trains headstretch-o-rama

On the wrong train? Guess what! You'll no doubt have to pay another full fare on top of what you've already coughed up. Cheers! We're always only the lookout for frighteningly convoluted rules and regulations - if you happen to spot a customer notice that'd make more sense in Urdu, send it to [email protected]

[@tamlyn] via [yfrog]


  • CompactDistance
    Or you could just book online in advance which will not only save you a packet but there's no chance of buying the wrong ticket for the wrong train too.
  • NobbyB
    The right train in the East Midlands is any one out of there.
  • The B.
    Well, it's cheaper booking on-line as long as you don't use theTrainline.com otherwise you get well and truly stuffed.
  • Matt
    Gotta love the way they changed all the tickets a few months back to make them simpler by just having 'Anytime' 'Off-peak' and 'Advanced', now the train companies are going 'Super Off-peak' and '1st advanced' lol.
  • John S.
    Shanks here. It's hardly that complicated really though is it.....?!
  • MrRobin
    @Shanks: Not especially complicated, no, once you take the time to read the whole notice but who wants to or has time to do that at a train station with a bajillion commuters tryng to get past you?
  • Sam
    Can anyone recommend a good site to buy train tickets from on the cheap ?
  • SJT
    www.nationalexpresseastcoast.co.uk 10% off tickets and no booking fees. I use this for all my tickets (not just east coast trains....)
  • John S.
    Shanks again. @MrRobin: You don't have to read the entire notice though do you - you just look at what it says on your ticket and then read the corresponding bit on the notice that tells you when the ticket is valid. And in any case you surely don't buy a 'super off peak' ticket in any case without finding out the conditions of travel beforehand? This seems to be just taking an entirely functional notice out of all context. And Shanks is no Stephen Hawking (although Mrs Shanks does joke that I sound a bit like him sometimes) if Shanks can understand it, then it can't be all that complicated.
  • Gadget 4.
    @shanks, what if you don't yet have a ticket and are trying to work out the best ticket to buy for your journey - you have to read the whole notice then surely?

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