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National Rail is the trading name used by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). It's an unincorporated association that covers the various operating train companies in Great Britain that run services previously provided by British Rail. There is a wide range of online promotions and deals for National Rail and, at HotUKDeals, we collect them all on one dedicated page. Read more

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Free extra help travelling by train with Passenger Assist @ National Rail
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Found 7th Oct 2017Found 7th Oct 2017
Not new but was reminded the other day what a useful service train passenger assist is, so worth a share in case it may benefit someone. You dont have to be disabled to use the ser… Read more
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skakruk

When Lif... Lidl gives you lemons, make lemonade, but first use passenger assist to get all those lemons to the train.

supersue

If you don't like the look of a "deal" - then don't waste your time opening it up and commenting. Simple! Comments like yours are boring (annoyed)

sdduk2

Op this is a nice piece of information i never knew you could book for help sometimes when you get off of a train you need a bit of help if you are disabled. Have some Heat 8)

weebles1703

Thanks for posting. If it doesn't help you, most people know an older or disabled person and can pass on the info. Everyone is one accident or illness away from needing this kind of assistance.

gazdoubleu

The lift never seems to be working at my local station and its stairs only, not a ramp in sight. Perhaps when my mother in law visits we'll get some help getting her up the stairs. (Just not telling her there's a more accessible station 3.5 miles down the track or she might come too often) (flirt)

Free toilets at London St. Pancras railway station
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All toilets here are free, so if you're using King's Cross next door, pop in here and marvel at the architecture too. One lot is near the Eurostar terminal and the other lot are i… Read more
theyiddo

....always were if you just popped up to Wetherspoons when you needed to go (_;)

McNabFish

​The problem is people like to damage them when unattended. Sheffield station is a prime example. Was free for years, some vagabond goes inside and smashed up the place and now everyone has to pay for the privilege.

Avenger1324

this deal is not to be sniffed at

toomanychoices

So much easier for you blokes, just one more way we can never quite be equal

deddog

Seems like a bum deal to me. I really miss the little red urinals that used to be scattered around every town, all were free and some even had a telephone decorating the inside!

Free toilet use at Manchester Piccadilly station, satellite lounge near platform 13+14
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Have a free bowel or kidney release at the station. Barriers are permanently wide open, I think the reason is the change machine is out of order.
OwlEye

It does have an army of 24/7 cleaners tho, whatever u leave will be removed very quickly. Littering is actually permitted because of this

Boxrick

Why on earth are there no bins at Piccadilly Station anymore? First they removed loads and put a few select recycling bins in, now there are no bins at all.. Disgraceful

Stimpington

Movement/release, kidneys/bladder, it's all good!

thabiz

Should be free anyway, toilet use should be a human right in the same way that a food or drink establishment cannot legally refuse to serve anyone tap water. If you get caught relieving yourself in public you can get charged, doesn't really make sense. Or a slightly better model of charged entry is found in French train stations. You pay a Euro or 50 Cents to a lady at a booth, she gives you a token that lets you into the toilet, she also maintains the toilet area and a job is created and criminal activity in the toilet area is discouraged. I imagine some of them make a fairly good living from it. Not sure how much of the money they can keep or if it is a purely wage based job, either way I imagine a bit of fudging the figures is done, which is fair enough for someone that is prepared to clean toilet areas. (btw could be a he, but was always a she in my experience, which I guess makes sense as it would be culturally unacceptable for a male to be cleaning toilets when women are using them, but the other way round is largely tolerated in western society)

GreatGuy1973

I think the term is bowel movement.

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Free Public Toilets in satellite lounge at Manchester Piccadilly station (near platform 13+14)
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These toilets are still permanently free, used them many times lately and the gate has always been left fixed, wide open.
beavaliant

or you can use the pub toilets to the left as you go in the main entrance up the stairs by the first class lounge they're always free when the pubs open

undertakeaap

:p

RadeyRads

This I because the machine that dispensers 10p & 20p is broken

greysquaill

Heat for pooping for free.

DevilD

No sh1t

Manchester Piccadilly station satellite lounge toilets currently free (near platform 13&14, up travelator)
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Today a big gate is open In between the 30p barriers, so can just walk in and out. Don't know if the barriers are faulty at the moment?
scunny

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm are you sure?

Bestard

Not cottaging, thats for sure.

scunny

Where have you been for the last 20+ years?

Begize

They are always free at Piccadilly (and most other stations), just pull the turnstyle towards you....

Deaa

Thanks OP! Just been in and s**t all over the walls! Supporting their argument that the charge is to prevent abuse :)

Passenger Assist: Free help when using trains but like the disabled railcard, not known by many people
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Found 12th Jan 2017Found 12th Jan 2017
Goodness me I could be on a roll here, with my deal about Disabled Railcards nearly at 2000 degrees! So, having helped my mum get her disabled railcard, I booked tickets for her an… Read more
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majortom

Okay unless you get some anti-social mother who refuses to move her buggy! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38663322

dilbertov

The operation of the assistance is patchy. My 89-year-old mother gets very stressed when travelling to visit family so she booked this service. At the start of her journey she arrived early (Newcastle Central Station) and a helpful Passenger Assist guard was assigned to look after her. He did this by telling her to take a seat in a waiting area and he would come and help her on to the train when it arrived, only to forget about her completely. Fortunately as the departure time approached and decided to drag her case to the train where a fellow-traveller helped her on. Not a good start to a 300-mile journey.

apfel21

Well I for one didn't know!!!! oO HEAT

comriegold99

the staff at Glasgow Central station are lovely

johnsmith1997

I've not seen those food trolleys on the London trains in years. Used to see them on the Thameslink trains and the trains to Brighton. I kinda miss them.Makes you feel like you're on a plane,even though you're on a train.:)

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Manchester to London £13 by train - split AND change trains - works on other routes aswell
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You've all heard of ticketysplit which splits a train ticket and you stay on the same train but a lot of times it's cheaper to change trains. For example Manchester to London in tw… Read more
roxanaghita

I think I should be ok when going down as I don't have to come out at Stevenage, only change train. However I'm going to buy another ticket for the way back because I've been reading that I can't get on the train from Stevenage if my Advance ticket is from London. Lesson learnt

rabb5it

Does Stevenage station have barriers, or have you a friend in Stevenage to check it out? You must have an Advance open return to use any train. If there's no barriers it's worth the risk, or use a smaller station N or S of Stevenage. Otherwise, I'd give Stevenage a miss.

STi_prodrive

good spot

ysm1234

I found that one of the above ideas works with National Express Coaches. Manchester City Centre To Manchester Airport is £4.20, Salford Quays to Manchester Airport which automatically means you change at Manchester City Centre comes to just £1.30. Can't see any problems here as there's no way the driver should suspect that you never took the first coach.

roxanaghita

After reading the last comments I got a bit worried as I didn't realise that you couldn't get off a train earlier if you wanted to. I booked an advanced ticket from Edinburgh to London for September and I was planning to get off at Stevenage and get another train from there to my destination. Then for the return I was going to take a train into Stevenage and there board the one from London to Edinburgh (the return journey of the advance ticket I mentioned above). Would I get in trouble if I don't need to use the barriers in Stevenage? Any one have any experience with this. Cancelling the tickets is not an option now, so I'm a bit concerned.

Network Railcard 1 Adult 4 Children off peak travel all day in London From Brighton £22.05
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1 Adult with Network railcard plus up to 4 Children unlimited travel all over London for the day Works with Friends and Family and HM Forces Card too!! Great for the school holi… Read more
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Southerndealfinder

Fair comment

ozodimal

OP, I think that you are being a bit too sensitive about your deal. Spicerboy wasn't attacking you, but the money grubbing rail industry, a sentiment I agree with. You have both posted information that I found valuable. Thank you both, and heat for the deal. ;)

Southerndealfinder

So now you are defending what I set up as a deal. Its such a shame that people make irrational comments without thoughtful knowledge I think this is a top deal but by your original simplistic comments people may be put off this deal which you now appreciate is pretty good

spicerboy

Kids don't get free travel on national rail only transport for London tube trains

Southerndealfinder

Mine are 12 and over unfortunately!! Sounds like an interesting proposition though have you got a link to it?

Save up to 30% off at IHG group hotels
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Save up to 30% off at IHG GROUP HOTELS links do not seem to ask for any proof of railcard.So what's it to be? A visit to see friends and family, a trip to a historic city, a speci… Read more
welsh.ham

no as it is not limited to blue badge holders but is aimed at disabled persons railcard holders of which I am one. Have stayed at many ihg property's and never been asked to see a railcard.

chloe07

surely youd need to show your disabled badge at the desk?

batezy_1984

There is something not right about this post. If u are disabled, fair enough. If you aren't it's morally wrong.

Devon/Cornwall Rail Card £10 @ National Rail
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Only found out about this last week but seems like a really good deal. Did a search on HUKD but couldn't see it posted anywhere so thought I'd let you all know. This is only for r… Read more
Rastafari

No but it's still well racialist against Bristolians.

999kernow

Racist ? wrong terminology used there, it's residential compliant and nothing to do with race

vikkers14

Also for those moaning about it being Devon /Cornwall only here's a page with other regions available http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/46498.aspx

vikkers14

Thanks for this ,do Plymouth to Exeter a fair bit ..never knew this was available .

NandoDave

The camera isn't only available to people living in Manchester though is it? nor do you have to support the football team to get the cheap tickets though do you? Nor do the government subsidise any of the camera's or football tickets!

Beat the train price rises in 2015 which are due to be announced (Approx 4%) (or just cheaper ways to travel) Feel free to share your discounts / Tips!
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Rail companies are expected to rises their train ticket prices around 4% today so i have had a look around and tried to find the best way of getting tickets cheaper. If i have mis… Read more
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barnehurst

One extra tip. Use Tesco Clubcard to double points and halve your ticket price at RedSpottedHankey Eg £5 voucher translates to £10 credit on RedSpotted. Do it through the Clubcard website and open a Redspotted acct with same email and it is automatically credited to use to buy your ticket.

pinkmarshmallow71

Lol heat for the 'fat cat' picture

Tweety1

Does anyone know if you can buy monthly pass / season train ticket on redspottedhanky? I can't see an option ?

khufu

I live in an area where there are carshare cooperatives which mean I can ignore insurance, depreciation etc costs and genuinely compare journey for journey.

Woby_Tide

What a pointlessly myopic view. I'm miles from London yet a10 minute walk and 22 minute train journey covers my commute on average15 mins quicker than people driving the same, and it's cheaper. I lose a tiny bit of flexibility not having a car available for chores before and after work but I get 45 minutes to do nothing but read or relax compared to a driver. For the OP - South West Trains annual season tickets include 6 day tickets (Fri/Sat/Sun) for free travel on the SWT network, could work out at £200+ Depending where on the network you are, also no minimum season ticket cost to get the benefit (is about 20% of my annual cost and I use it for trips to London to get most value)

Mums-to-be First Class Upgrade, Abellio Greater Anglia - From National Rail Enquires
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Found 9th Jun 2014Found 9th Jun 2014
Was checking a train time for a friend ans saw this link. Will only be of use to a few people but I hope this gets the info out there. To make life a little easier towards the end… Read more
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adam_holcombe

Same could be said for pregnant women.

acb100

Lovely. Also a little known fact that most train services have a policy to upgrade you at peak times when seats are short if you are pregnant. My sister and I, who were both pregnant, got upgraded to first class by south west trains on a london to bournemouth route at rush hour. :-)

foxh0und1

Tbf you could have just asked someone to give up their seat for you and explain your situation to them. A lot of people travelling go into a trance so they wouldn't stand up on their own for anyone, most of the time it's not because they're rude, it's mostly because they're in their own little world and will only notice others in need if they're prompted.

ScottyMelotty

Might stick a pillow up my jumper and give it a try.

Elevation

Nice and quiet in First Class......not like the wailing, squealing little brats in standard class once you move back to there again in 9 months. (_;)

New Stoke-on-Trent to London Euston Virgin Trains Super Off-Peak open return, £32, railcard discounts apply, no need to book in advance, can combine with tickets from other destinations e.g. Manchester
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This starts on Sunday 6 April and is currently only until 26 April for the outbound journey, return journey anytime within a month. Restrictions apply, the first train you can boa… Read more
beatrixkiddo79

Thanks for the heads up. Looking to travel for a day at Wimbledon...so far managed to find one for £37!

buglawton

If you are a couple planning to do more rail journeys, the £30 per year Two Together railcard will get you 30% off.

poshaffi

great find thanks op or should I say fellow stokie:-)

Cheaper rail tickets for travel during the Olympics - Including peak times @ National Rail
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If you are lucky enough to have Olympic tickets then National Rail are offering cheaper rail tickets to and from the games. You do need to have tickets to buy these discounted rat… Read more
Moogerz

It's also worth bearing in mind that if your event is running late then your train ticket is still valid for up to 3 hours later... most normal tickets are time specific trains.

Moogerz

For me and my mum travelling (with her Senior railcard) from Peterborough to the games works out far cheaper than any other way... I know the deal is not for everyone but worked for us.

jb79

Not as cheap as the group discount you can get. If, there's more than 6 people in a group travelling together. Worked out more for me from Margate to Victoria.

LizzieR

just tried to book tickets to Manchester for Manchester games...and the price is coming out £10 more expensive that through the trainline!

Moogerz

Railcards can also be used with this deal so another 1/3 off is possible.

Highland Railcard @ Scotrail - 50% off Local Train Journeys - £8 for 12 Months
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Been around for a while but Scotrail don't really advertise it. If you live within the right area of the Scottish Highlands you can get 50% off rail travel. Makes a big differenc… Read more
Gball

nice one, thanks!

rockinroosters

Nice one did not know this existed. Helmsdale Inverness...sorted!:)

tommie1shunt

Am I an Emit or Emmet? Dunno let the carrot crunchers sort me out!!!!!

craig.guy

just realised im eligible, brilliant!

moneysaver9988

Is ignorance really bliss? I only ask as you probably know.. Its emit.. derived from ancient Cornish, which has been bastardised, much like most of the ancient languages in this country One of many sources http://emit.askdefine.com

Two Together Railcard - 33% off When You and Partner Travel - £28 @ National Rail
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Found 20th Sep 2011Found 20th Sep 2011
Long time reader, new poster! A Two Together Railcard costs just £28 a year, and could save you and another named cardholder up to £100 each on annual rail travel. And while this… Read more
krazykizza

Silly offer, East Midlands get zilch

Nad_84

Postcode discrimination! Who can i complain to?

zippypants

Only for the Midlands area ... Hmm I wonder if it will give you 1/3 off on saver ticket's and the like? T&Cs a bit vague and fluffy

Newbold

Looks like a trial in limited areas only. If it's successful (which I hope it is) I imagine it will go nationwide.

paulmcuk

Only a good saving due to the insane prices on the rail networks these days. How's this subsidised? Unless its by local councils etc I'm not sure how that post code lottery offer would stand up in court for a national rail system.

Haddenham & Thame Parkway [HDM] to Wendover [WND] - 10p @ National Rail
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Extremely cheap price for a 2 hour journey. Also children go for £0.05. Seems to work on any day of the week.
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chewmonster

But it's 10p! Teeeeeeeen peeeeeeeence. I don't even live in Buckinghamshire and I'm buying a ticket.

geriatrix

You can do this the other way round, starting in Wendover, and the roundtrip based on two single fares is 20p.

geriatrix

You can do this the other way round, starting in Wendover, and the roundtrip based on two single fares is 20p.

MadeDixonsCry

Can you buy this to get 2 for one offers in London???

Cozworth806

But is a journey on a road of 10 miles, meaning you could almost walk as quick and certainly could cycle faster

Gold Card Holders - Network Rail Card - £1 (Normally £28) @ National Rail
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Last week I bought off peak travelcard zone 1-6 for £5.30 with my network railcard. Staff at the station was a little bit surprised when saw value of £1 on the railcard. So I tho… Read more
Trickyjabs

useful stuff, thx

Oyejan

My husband has gold card and I got Network Railcard that gives me discount when I travel without him

Kata_Tjuta

Hi, Gold Card info scroll down to the section, "What discounts do I get?" Just to clarify, if you already have a Gold Card, then you can use it to get discounts on certain trainlines. You can also use your Gold Card to buy one additional "Network Railcard Partner Card" for £1. This is the same as a standard £28 Network Railcard, This can be given to a "family member" ;),

Duelling.Duck

They also used to do a 'partner card' for a quid as well. Saved me stacks when the Ducktchess had a gold card.

mrcoxexcel

From the linked site: What is a Gold Card? Gold Cards are Annual Season tickets with a difference! When you buy an annual season at a station within the Network Railcard Area and the origin and / or destination are also in the Network Railcard Area, you are automatically issued with a Gold Card.

Book rail tickets thru National Rail - no booking fee, no card fee
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Was booking rail tickets thru theTrainline.com and, when i got to the payment page, found there was a £1 booking fee and also £3.50 charge to use my Credit Card. Checked out Nation… Read more
roblerner

I've just tried this and the site automatically found a £33 peak fare: The booking system was made a lot better a few years ago and now automatically finds the best ticket in most cases.

ozodimal

Totally endorse Royals post (#2), this industry is a disgrace and offers crumbs only in the way of hot deals, no matter what site you choose. Budget airlines may rightly deserve a lot of the flak that they receive on HUKD, but jump through their paper hoops and they will consistently undercut the railways for long distance domestic travel. For shorter distances go by coach. If you are unwilling or unable to do either then you need to play the railways at their own game, again along the lines (sorry about that!) that Royals suggests.

LuxoR

the train line still can offer deals surprised this is getting cold votes ?

ramraideruk

If you book at the East Coast website, you get a 10% discount on their fares AND no card fees. Voted cold

royals

no, dont use trains - they are massively overcrowded, massively overpriced, poorly managed and supported with unhelpful couldnt give a damn staff (bar a few exceptions), dirty, cramped, badly designed, poor facilities, run by conmen who will sell you the highest priced ticket, unless you know the system (eg reading to birmingham new street is about £80 peak but if you ask for a ticket from reading to banbury and another for banbury to birmingham new street its near £36 and you use the SAME train and dont need to get off at banbury!! total s**m)