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Season Tickets, save £100's with First Great Western
Season Tickets, save £100's with First Great Western

Season Tickets, save £100's with First Great Western

Much to my frustration I discovered yesterday that First Great Western charge massivley inconsistent amounts for season toickets between different stations. I travel every day from Bristol Temple Meads to Reading (via Bath Spa, chippenham, swindon and didcot parkway). My 12 month season ticket costs me £5984.00

I got some quotes yesterday from the seaso ticket hotline and they sell the following

Bristol TM - Chippenham : 12 Month Season Ticket = £1500.00

Chippenham - Didcot Parkway : 12 Month Season Ticket = £2348.00

Didcot Parkway - Reading : 12 Month Season Ticket = £1228.00

Which comes to £5076.00! That's £900 cheaper for exactly the same route. The only catch being that you can only use trains that phisically stop at the stations where the season tickets stop and start. I've checked the T&C's and it's all pucka.

FGW won't replace my ticket for this combination but I know what i'll do in 6 months when I renew!

Anyway, i hope this helps somebody

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Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy a car and run it than spend that much?

Or move to Reading :giggle:

yeah it's always been like this. I do Oxford to London which is £4500 a year. Used to be cheaper to do Oxford->Reading and Reading->London but not the case anymore

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readsing is horrid. I wouldn't want to live there

jdg_css

readsing is horrid. I wouldn't want to live there



Why ?

jdg_css

readsing is horrid. I wouldn't want to live there



Oi!
Reading to London is under £3500 (and I think it's a nice place to live)

I dont think many people like First Great Western after their ticket chopping and changing earlier this year - a bit like first capital connect did with peak time changes. Says a lot for first group, eh? The almalgamation of all the west country rail routes in to one franchise under first rule didn't help either. I can understand that splitting season tickets up is a good idea - but if you live in Bristol there are other possibilities - see how much a season ticket from Bristol Parkway - Swindon - Reading would be, or try a season ticket Temple Meads - Bath Spa - Swindon - Reading.

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jss42

Oi!Reading to London is under £3500 (and I think it's a nice place to … Oi!Reading to London is under £3500 (and I think it's a nice place to live)


apologies, didn't mean to slag the place off. Bristol is much nicer IMHO. I have all my friends/family here so that's why I commute. For my route it seems that the big stations cost more so TM,Swindon,Reading are expensive unlike chippenham and didcot. I got quotes for all the variations (including Parkay) and this way was the cheapest.
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