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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #240 on: October 22, 2021, 11:26:21 am »
Saw your user name and thought you were going to post some special offers, as a cheaper alternative.
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #241 on: November 6, 2021, 12:27:17 pm »
Not only are there no advance fares for the Brentford match in Jan, there aren't even any seats available to reserve - the kick off was only confirmed yesterday evening! Will there definitely be day returns available on the day? Someone mentioned that they are £96, is that a set a price or could it be more?

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #242 on: November 6, 2021, 12:43:59 pm »
Not only are there no advance fares for the Brentford match in Jan, there aren't even any seats available to reserve - the kick off was only confirmed yesterday evening! Will there definitely be day returns available on the day? Someone mentioned that they are £96, is that a set a price or could it be more?

Avanti havenít published the schedule yet so thatís why you canít book seats.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #243 on: November 6, 2021, 05:09:56 pm »
Not only are there no advance fares for the Brentford match in Jan, there aren't even any seats available to reserve - the kick off was only confirmed yesterday evening! Will there definitely be day returns available on the day? Someone mentioned that they are £96, is that a set a price or could it be more?

You can look here https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/travel-information/plan-your-journey/timetables#scheduledtimetable to see if advance tix are on sale or not, if not you can set an alert https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/tickets-and-savings/ways-to-save/advance-ticket-alerts. Regardless on the day (so long as it's a weekend or in the off peak period on a weekday) you can get an open return which is £94.50. Set 'open return' on the search,  if you can't get it in advance because you can't book a seat you can get it from the machine at the station.
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #244 on: November 6, 2021, 07:45:32 pm »
You can look here https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/travel-information/plan-your-journey/timetables#scheduledtimetable to see if advance tix are on sale or not, if not you can set an alert https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/tickets-and-savings/ways-to-save/advance-ticket-alerts. Regardless on the day (so long as it's a weekend or in the off peak period on a weekday) you can get an open return which is £94.50. Set 'open return' on the search,  if you can't get it in advance because you can't book a seat you can get it from the machine at the station.
thanks that's helpful. The train times are available for the Brentford match but no advance fares or seat reservations so will have to buy on the day.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #245 on: November 28, 2021, 09:37:14 pm »
No Avanti West Coast trains on Boxing Day

Are there any other services which will run to Euston?

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #246 on: November 28, 2021, 09:40:52 pm »
No Avanti West Coast trains on Boxing Day

Are there any other services which will run to Euston?

I donít think there are any trains on Boxing Day

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #247 on: November 28, 2021, 10:18:40 pm »
I donít think there are any trains on Boxing Day
Yeah thatís been the case for years, no trains on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #248 on: November 29, 2021, 02:32:55 am »
No Avanti West Coast trains on Boxing Day

Are there any other services which will run to Euston?

National Express coaches

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #249 on: November 29, 2021, 05:23:23 am »
National Express do have coaches running on Boxing Day, but first one from London departs after 3pm, same on Megabus too, so it's travel on Christmas Day as National Express & Megabus are operating on Christmas Day, & find a hotel/b&b.
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #250 on: November 30, 2021, 12:03:59 pm »
National Express do have coaches running on Boxing Day, but first one from London departs after 3pm, same on Megabus too, so it's travel on Christmas Day as National Express & Megabus are operating on Christmas Day, & find a hotel/b&b.
LFC London will run a coach on Boxing Day. Tickets too.
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #251 on: January 9, 2022, 10:47:01 am »
Had an event in London last night, so was coming back on the 10:16 from Euston today, which Avanti went and cancelled with just 20 minutes notice, so no chance of getting the train an hour before.  In fact, the train is actually running.  We watched it depart, just that no passengers were allowed to board due to having no Train Manager before Crewe.  Quite why none of the catering crew can't cover the legal minimum requirements of essential health and safety procedures on board (which they're surely trained in anyway) is a mystery.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #252 on: January 9, 2022, 12:05:06 pm »
Although it is really frustrating it is more down to the Safety Critical aspects of the Train Managers role than just Health and Safety on board.

Hope you manage to get there on time.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #253 on: January 14, 2022, 06:43:15 pm »
Is anyone interested in saving 30% by splitting a Two Together railcard? Pays for itself in one trip. Youíd have to travel on same train as me. I Usually make it to a game every 4-6 weekends, travel up and back in the same day. Will be going this Sunday for Brentford, so ideal for someone who hasnít organised their travel yet.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #254 on: February 18, 2022, 06:24:30 pm »
Anyone nervous about tomorrow? No trust in Avanti at the best of times.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #255 on: February 18, 2022, 07:41:51 pm »
It's been really dodgy with loads of trees on the lines today. Not pleasant to drive in.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #256 on: March 18, 2022, 05:50:27 pm »
Anyone seen the scandalous prices on Avanti for the man united game on the 19th, going up during the day on Tuesday 19th and coming back next morning £98, advance tickets at £44 on a very few trains.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #257 on: March 18, 2022, 06:19:47 pm »
Anyone seen the scandalous prices on Avanti for the man united game on the 19th, going up during the day on Tuesday 19th and coming back next morning £98, advance tickets at £44 on a very few trains.

I booked literally minutes after the fixture announcement. Still cost £70 per ticket

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #258 on: March 18, 2022, 07:58:38 pm »
Anyone seen the scandalous prices on Avanti for the man united game on the 19th, going up during the day on Tuesday 19th and coming back next morning £98, advance tickets at £44 on a very few trains.

unfortunately, this is just the norm  :( unless you have a railcard or get lucky with the advanced tickets. they've been very cheeky with their releasing of advanced tickets i've found.
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #259 on: April 18, 2022, 06:43:57 pm »
Probably not quite the correct thread, but the best I could find…

We’re staying in Chester and heading to the game tomor. Is the Merseyrail easy enough for anyone that does it regularly? Mostly in terms of after the game, and queue for trains/chance of getting stranded?

Alternative would be driving across, which is our normal mode of transport.

Thanks
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #260 on: April 18, 2022, 06:50:34 pm »
Probably not quite the correct thread, but the best I could findÖ

Weíre staying in Chester and heading to the game tomor. Is the Merseyrail easy enough for anyone that does it regularly? Mostly in terms of after the game, and queue for trains/chance of getting stranded?

Alternative would be driving across, which is our normal mode of transport.

Thanks
there's a train from lime Street to Chester at 22:43 the next is 30 mins later, last 30 mins after that, they aren't really that busy either

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #261 on: April 18, 2022, 06:52:01 pm »
Probably not quite the correct thread, but the best I could findÖ

Weíre staying in Chester and heading to the game tomor. Is the Merseyrail easy enough for anyone that does it regularly? Mostly in terms of after the game, and queue for trains/chance of getting stranded?

Alternative would be driving across, which is our normal mode of transport.

Thanks

I use Merseyside to West Kirby after the match and itís fine. Always get on a train without any issues, only problem is the trains are only 30 minutes.

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #262 on: April 18, 2022, 09:10:52 pm »
Why no trains between Liverpool and London on 29 May?

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« Reply #263 on: April 18, 2022, 09:23:42 pm »
there's a train from lime Street to Chester at 22:43 the next is 30 mins later, last 30 mins after that, they aren't really that busy either

Thank you - are you just talking national rail there?

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« Reply #264 on: April 18, 2022, 09:24:26 pm »
Why no trains between Liverpool and London on 29 May?

There are on London Northwestern.
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« Reply #265 on: April 18, 2022, 09:25:03 pm »
I use Merseyside to West Kirby after the match and itís fine. Always get on a train without any issues, only problem is the trains are only 30 minutes.


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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #266 on: April 18, 2022, 09:36:41 pm »
Why no trains between Liverpool and London on 29 May?

The avanti timetable hasn't been confirmed for that weekend yet

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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #267 on: April 18, 2022, 10:11:29 pm »
Thank you - are you just talking national rail there?
Merseyrail runs that line. Look it up on any train site and you'll see the times
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #268 on: April 18, 2022, 11:20:42 pm »
Probably not quite the correct thread, but the best I could findÖ

Weíre staying in Chester and heading to the game tomor. Is the Merseyrail easy enough for anyone that does it regularly? Mostly in terms of after the game, and queue for trains/chance of getting stranded?

Alternative would be driving across, which is our normal mode of transport.

Thanks

Its very straightforward. If you're getting on at Sandhills or Kirkdale, simply change at Central then pop down the escalator from the platform where you get off, to the Wirral line.
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« Reply #269 on: April 19, 2022, 09:43:30 am »
Thank you - are you just talking national rail there?

Get your tickets from the manned ticket office rather than. The machines ask for a merseytravel saveaway ticket. This gives u unlimited travel on trains and buses including the footy special. Think it costs £5.70 now
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #270 on: April 19, 2022, 10:57:33 am »
unfortunately, this is just the norm  :( unless you have a railcard or get lucky with the advanced tickets. they've been very cheeky with their releasing of advanced tickets i've found.

If you've got the time for a longer journey, you can book tickets through London North Western's website or app and specify their trains only (so you avoid the high speed ones). Usually works out at about a three and a half hour journey, changing at Crewe, and about £30 return via two singles - done it for Villareal next week going early afternoon on the 27th coming back 9am on the 28th.

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« Reply #271 on: April 19, 2022, 11:04:21 am »
There is a 'rail sale' launched this morning at 10am, reduced tickets nationwide book now - 2nd May for travel 25 April and 27 May
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« Reply #272 on: April 19, 2022, 01:08:49 pm »
There is a 'rail sale' launched this morning at 10am, reduced tickets nationwide book now - 2nd May for travel 25 April and 27 May

Just looked at LNER for Newcastle away but the sale is only for Mondays to Thursdays.
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« Reply #273 on: April 19, 2022, 02:29:43 pm »
There is a 'rail sale' launched this morning at 10am, reduced tickets nationwide book now - 2nd May for travel 25 April and 27 May

Itís very much a bit of a red herring. Very few tickets on very limited services
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« Reply #274 on: April 19, 2022, 03:06:20 pm »
Itís very much a bit of a red herring. Very few tickets on very limited services

Ok well I booked up for Villareal, up and back for Spurs and back after Wolves for a total of £60.50. Just trying to help anyone doing similarÖÖ
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« Reply #275 on: April 19, 2022, 03:45:41 pm »
Itís very much a bit of a red herring. Very few tickets on very limited services

I got a ticket to London on 13 May for £17 which I can cancel for a voucher. Just need to be lucky in the ballot 🤞🏻

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« Reply #276 on: April 19, 2022, 05:38:49 pm »
Ok well I booked up for Villareal, up and back for Spurs and back after Wolves for a total of £60.50. Just trying to help anyone doing similarÖÖ

Excellent. Good on you.
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #277 on: April 19, 2022, 05:40:57 pm »
Itís very much a bit of a red herring. Very few tickets on very limited services
yep it's a load of bollocks, also the discounts are on the off-peak tickets, not a single penny off the peak time trains, it's government spin
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #278 on: April 19, 2022, 10:42:24 pm »
yep it's a load of bollocks, also the discounts are on the off-peak tickets, not a single penny off the peak time trains, it's government spin

So I agree with the Govt spin shite. But there were/are tix if you look that may help people travelling to/from London which is what this thread is about. 
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Re: Trains from London - any general tips, please?
« Reply #279 on: April 20, 2022, 09:00:05 am »
One of the (many) sneaky things Avanti have done is to remove all Advance tickets on mid-length routes from Liverpool.  Advance tickets to Nuneaton, Tamworth and Lichfield went a while ago, and recently all Advance fares to Stafford were pulled.

And, of course, if there are no Advance fares on a route, there won't be any of these sale fares.

They have some trains now where it's cheaper to travel from Lime Street to Euston, than it is to travel half way.
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