Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Take the High Route North of the Border

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Take the High Route North of the Border

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Byline: SIMON CALDER

I'M looking to travel from Banbury to Edinburgh in October but notice that the same train goes through Oxford and the fare is [pounds sterling]23 cheaper than from Banbury. What would happen if we booked the cheaper fare and boarded and got off in Banbury? -- George Clary, Oxfordshire GEORGE, I've made some test bookings for next month, and have found the same as you. Even though Banbury is 30 miles nearer to the Scottish capital than is Oxford, the cheapest fare to Edinburgh on a Cross Country train is [pounds sterling]127.80, compared with [pounds sterling]105 from Oxford.

Since the train from Oxford stops at Banbury on its way to and from Edinburgh, you might imagine nobody could possibly object if you surrendered some of your journey, joining late northbound and alighting early southbound.

Unfortunately, the cheaper fare is an Advance ticket -- and you would transgress breaking Rule 16 of the National Conditions of Carriage, which forbids starting or ending a journey "at an intermediate station when you are not entitled to do so". …

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