London Midland 'Day Ranger' train ticket for £12/£15/£20 - Travel Sat 7/2 - Sun 1/3
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London Midland 'Day Ranger' train ticket for £12/£15/£20 - Travel Sat 7/2 - Sun 1/3

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Found 31st Jan 2015
It's on their website though they haven't sent out emails yet (and some links don't seem active yet), but ticket sales start on Monday 2nd Feb... and as at Sun 1/2 you CAN claim vouchers through their online system...

The "London Midland" Train Operating Company are repeating their GREAT ESCAPE offer over the February half-term period, though a full 3 weeks this year from Saturday 7th Feb to Sunday 1st March 2015.

The offer for (typically) £12-£15 is a "Day Ranger" ticket allowing to you wander anywhere on London Midland trains [only] over their network on the day the ticket is dated for (subject to various weekday/Saturday time & area restrictions!)

Essentially you select a date and apply for a voucher from their website - it's shown on screen and also emailed to you. You then print & use the voucher to buy ticket(s) at the station - (in advance if you want to avoid uncertain queues and missing your intended train).

NB: The Voucher is for a specific date & class of travel and # of Adults # of Children. These are MAXIMUM numbers, ie you can ask to pay for fewer when you claim tickets, but not for more - ie if not sure about party size do put max number in when applying.

As London Midland don't normally offer a network wide "Day Ranger" ticket allowing you to get on/off any of their trains/network [beyond a 'West Midlands Day Ranger' @£24.80 with other TOCs etc] this is a good deal anyway, let alone if you have a specific journey in mind on their network but don't want to be tied to specific Advance Ticket train times.

There WERE to major line works on weekends of 14-16 & 21-23 Feb affecting the London Euston end of their network but problems on the alternative route mean those line works have been postponed - although a new special timetable has been put in place - see posting below for link.

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The London Midland network is quite extensive: There are time restrictions on Weekdays ie "travel on any of our trains leaving after 0930, unless your journey is wholly within the green shaded area on our map, in which case you can travel at any time:
londonmidland.com/gra…pdf
("In the evening, you’ll need to avoid our busiest time from London Euston; between 1700 and 1900.")

Do watch out that the London Midland GREAT ESCAPE ticket is ONLY valid on London MIdland's trains, many other Train Operating Companies also operate over their area and you don't want to be hit with a Penalty Fare on Virgin/CrossCountry/ArrivaTrainsWales/etc - and when you're planning trips on the online timetable sites they all too often include OTHER TOC TRAINS even if you specify 'via London Midland' TOC.

They offer reductions for Railcard holders - though not the regular 1/3rd off - eg weekday Adult £15 becomes £12
& Network Railcard holders get the discount even though their wanderings over the day may be outside the Network Railcard region [ie North of Long Buckby on the Euston/Northampton route up to Rugby & beyond] and aren't restricted to Railcard 10am'ish start.

Extra tip for those aged 55+ (potentially without a Senior Railcard)... London Midland's network overlaps with Arriva Trains Wales' network (eg over the Shrewsbury-Birmingham-Birmingham International) and at Crewe (to go along N.Wales coast) where there's currently a Club55 offer on return tickets - see nathans-iv HUKD:
hotukdeals.com/dea…282

Incidentally 'First Class' on London Midland offers just "comfortable reclining seats with more legroom... power points... smaller private compartment" - ie potential lack of congestion is probably the only reason to pay the premium c£10 excess, and even that's a total gamble - no real perks/catering at all!

The London Euston end of their network WAS to have been disrupted by works at Watford over 14-16 and 21-23 February but those works have had to be postponed - London Midland WILL be operating trains to London over those weekends albeit with a revised timetable, after all. See
londonmidland.com/you…ks/


Edited by: "mk-donald" 14th Feb 2015

Cheers!

Looks like they're 'updating the system'! It requires a password to see the map!

EDIT......found another way in!
Edited by: "LesD" 31st Jan 2015

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LesD

Looks like they're 'updating the system'! It requires a password to see … Looks like they're 'updating the system'! It requires a password to see the map! EDIT......found another way in!



Yes, as I put "It's on their website though they haven't sent out emails yet (and some links don't seem active yet), but ticket sales start on Monday 2nd Feb...".

I've just found they're waiting until Monday when their January Sale ends tonight [see post #2 above] before publicising it and making it all live. Just thought I should publicise ASAP so people can make plans ASAP and potentially get ready to claim vouchers & maybe make bookings from Monday morning [though clearly it's safest to only buy on the day when you're sure you can travel and what the weather & train service is like - but at peril of unknown queue situation].
londonmidland.com/abo…ws/

Edited by: "mk-donald" 31st Jan 2015

Thanks for this - might just have to have a look

Original Poster

FYI: Online system is live - ie you can apply for vouchers today Sunday 1/2, and from tomorrow Monday 2/2 use the printed voucher to buy your ticket(s) for use from 7/2 to 1/3.

Don't forget if you are using buses to/from your London Midland stations, that you can buy Plusbus tickets at good prices, and potentially discounted for Railcards too (eg in Milton Keynes a minimum bus fare is £1.70, but a day's Plusbus is only £1.45 with a Network Card):
plusbus.info/
(If visiting Birmingham the Plusbus there is only £3.10 but also covers for instance the entire tramline to/fro Wolverhampton, though I've found from experience it's worth taking a printout of the validity as some untrained staff may deny you your rights!)

Edited by: "mk-donald" 1st Feb 2015

Is this a return journey?

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carrieford

Is this a return journey?


Yes, you can use it for that purpose, but only if you decide to return to where your started your journey - as they put it "Unlimited off-peak travel – visit as many places as you can in a day".

ie it's effectively a "London Midland - Day Ranger" [to use other TOC terminology] ie allowing you range over the entire London Midland network using only London Midland trains for the whole day, ie going on as many of their trains to stations as you decide you have stamina and time for. (Subject to the time restrictions they publish of course. Incidentally Railway Days usually run to 4.29am the next morning in terms of validity of a day ticket, though I haven't noticed a specific reference on London Midland's site T&Cs)


Edited by: "mk-donald" 1st Feb 2015

Wow that's great

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16:30 Monday 2/2 : London Midland email announcing to everyone. They mention there's 100,000 available and they have a colour coded calendar at the foot of the website page of course - all still green at this moment.

Just to double check, I can use this to travel from Oxford to London and back again?

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carrieford

Just to double check, I can use this to travel from Oxford to London and … Just to double check, I can use this to travel from Oxford to London and back again?


It allows you to travel on London Midland trains. None go near Oxford!

Original Poster

It is indeed issued as a 'Day Ranger' ticket.

Bought one yesterday (in advance) at Virgin Trains ticket office at Birmingham International, ie a station on the London Midland network.

Initially the counter staff didn't like the idea of a £3 discount from £15 to £12 for Network Card holder (as their station is well outside the Netword Card area I guess) and the printed voucher just says £15 in big print, but supervisor soon processed it properly when I insisted and ticket has usual "NSE" (ie Network South-East from it's old name) discount marking on it.

The relevant offer T&Cs are
"14. Railcard holders are entitled to a further 20% discount off the Great Escape price. Normal railcard time restrictions and minimum fares do not apply with this offer. First Class discounts are not available with Network, Annual Gold Card or Family & Friends Railcards.
"15. Great Escape tickets purchased with a Network Railcard or Annual Gold Card discount can be used for travel anywhere on the London Midland network on our services. "

And I had no issue in getting a Plusbus (with Network Card discount) for Milton Keynes for that day too (even tho in theory the Day Ranger doesn't specify Milton Keynes as source/destination, ie it's just a possible calling point during the day's ranging over the London Midland network).

Edited by: "mk-donald" 12th Feb 2015

Original Poster

Still 9 days more of this offer to run and seems this year it hasn't been very popular as the online offer calendar still shows every day as 'green' ie vouchers available to claim, with not one 'orange' (going fast) or 'red' (gone).
(Mind you the queues at Milton Keynes on half-term Wednesday morning meant over 5 minutes wait to use the half-dozen ticket machines, let alone the far longer/slower queue for 4 counter clerks, ie was definitely better to plan ahead to catch a specific times London Midland train.)
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