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On 17 Oct, 11:34, W14_Fishbourne wrote:
On Oct 17, 12:33 am, Mizter T wrote:

A question for you Barry - in years gone by, did the Gold Card
Partner's Card (or was it just Partner Card) afford the 'partner' the
same benefits as a Gold Card (i.e. did it offer the same discounts),
or was it effectively the same thing as a Network Card?


Originally the Gold Card and the Network Card offered identical
benefits. However, because TfL has to agree to any changes in the Gold
Card benefits (because those benefits are available to purchasers of
Travelcards at LU stations) the Gold Card benefits have never changed,
whereas Network Card/Railcard benefits (which don't need TfL's
agreement) have.



I remember that for a significant period (a year if not two, maybe
more?) after the Gold Card was launched in 1987 by Network SouthEast,
London Transport didn't participate in the scheme.

Thus if you bought an annual Travelcard from a London Underground
ticket office or an LT travel information centre during that period
you just got a plain vanilla season ticket with none of the Gold Card
benefits - so passengers who wanted an annual season Travelcard would
have been better off buying it from an NSE ticket office. LT obviously
opted in to the scheme eventually.


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On Wed, 17 Oct 2007 13:55:39 +0100, Mizter T wrote:

[crossposted to uk.transport.london - original thread on uk.railway]

On 17 Oct, 11:34, W14_Fishbourne wrote:
On Oct 17, 12:33 am, Mizter T wrote:

A question for you Barry - in years gone by, did the Gold Card
Partner's Card (or was it just Partner Card) afford the 'partner' the
same benefits as a Gold Card (i.e. did it offer the same discounts),
or was it effectively the same thing as a Network Card?


Originally the Gold Card and the Network Card offered identical
benefits. However, because TfL has to agree to any changes in the Gold
Card benefits (because those benefits are available to purchasers of
Travelcards at LU stations) the Gold Card benefits have never changed,
whereas Network Card/Railcard benefits (which don't need TfL's
agreement) have.



I remember that for a significant period (a year if not two, maybe
more?) after the Gold Card was launched in 1987 by Network SouthEast,
London Transport didn't participate in the scheme.

Thus if you bought an annual Travelcard from a London Underground
ticket office or an LT travel information centre during that period
you just got a plain vanilla season ticket with none of the Gold Card
benefits - so passengers who wanted an annual season Travelcard would
have been better off buying it from an NSE ticket office. LT obviously
opted in to the scheme eventually.

They're still not very good at dealing with the benefits though. I
recently tried to by a discounted ODTC as a Gold Card holder (issued by
the same ticket office; Finchley Road) and was told they couldn't do that
and was refered to a NR ticket office.


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On 18 Oct, 11:18, Fig wrote:
..

They're still not very good at dealing with the benefits though. I
recently tried to by a discounted ODTC as a Gold Card holder (issued by
the same ticket office; Finchley Road) and was told they couldn't do that
and was refered to a NR ticket office.

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Strange. When I held a Y-P railcard a (good) few years ago, I never
had any trouble buying discounted ODTCs at a LU booking office, and
IMX people still don't have any problem these days. On the LU
travelcard it just says "Railcard Travelcard" (with the initial R in
large type), so presumably the booking clerk just applies a generic
Railcard discount and doesn't have to specify which one it is (unlike
at a NR ticket office). Maybe you should have asked the clerk to do
it as if it was a Y-P card (it's the same discount, after all) and he/
she may have then understood. As Railcards can only be used on one LU
product (the offpeak zone 1-6 day travelcard), it surely can't be that
hard to grasp. The only problem would be the Network Card, where the
discount is only available at weekends, because of the minimum fare.
Maybe that's what your clerk was unsure about, confusing the Gold Card
with the Network Card.

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On 18 Oct, 11:37, Ken wrote:
On 18 Oct, 11:18, Fig wrote:


They're still not very good at dealing with the benefits though. I
recently tried to by a discounted ODTC as a Gold Card holder (issued by
the same ticket office; Finchley Road) and was told they couldn't do that
and was refered to a NR ticket office.



Strange. When I held a Y-P railcard a (good) few years ago, I never
had any trouble buying discounted ODTCs at a LU booking office, and
IMX people still don't have any problem these days. On the LU
travelcard it just says "Railcard Travelcard" (with the initial R in
large type), so presumably the booking clerk just applies a generic
Railcard discount and doesn't have to specify which one it is (unlike
at a NR ticket office). Maybe you should have asked the clerk to do
it as if it was a Y-P card (it's the same discount, after all) and he/
she may have then understood. As Railcards can only be used on one LU
product (the offpeak zone 1-6 day travelcard), it surely can't be that
hard to grasp. The only problem would be the Network Card, where the
discount is only available at weekends, because of the minimum fare.
Maybe that's what your clerk was unsure about, confusing the Gold Card
with the Network Card.

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I've read several similar complaints to Figs on this newsgroup in the
past. The notion that someone with say a Gold Card Travelcard (i.e.
an annual) for a few zones wants a further Day Travelcard for all the
zones seems to cause considerable confusion at LU ticket offices.
Whether they'd as confused with a Gold Card valid outside of London -
say Bedford to Luton - is also a good question!

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past. The notion that someone with say a Gold Card Travelcard (i.e.
an annual) for a few zones wants a further Day Travelcard for all the
zones seems to cause considerable confusion at LU ticket offices.


I split my travel into 2 tickets - a point to point into zone 4 and a 4
zone travelcard (both annuals). If I want to buy a discounted travelcard
for someone, I must also buy one for myself (even though my ticket
combination covers the journey already).

This makes the discount pointless, it's cheaper to buy the thing full rate.

D


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Mizter T wrote:
On 18 Oct, 11:37, Ken wrote:
On 18 Oct, 11:18, Fig wrote:


They're still not very good at dealing with the benefits though. I
recently tried to by a discounted ODTC as a Gold Card holder (issued by
the same ticket office; Finchley Road) and was told they couldn't do that
and was refered to a NR ticket office.


Strange. When I held a Y-P railcard a (good) few years ago, I never
had any trouble buying discounted ODTCs at a LU booking office, and
IMX people still don't have any problem these days. On the LU
travelcard it just says "Railcard Travelcard" (with the initial R in
large type), so presumably the booking clerk just applies a generic
Railcard discount and doesn't have to specify which one it is (unlike
at a NR ticket office). Maybe you should have asked the clerk to do
it as if it was a Y-P card (it's the same discount, after all) and he/
she may have then understood. As Railcards can only be used on one LU
product (the offpeak zone 1-6 day travelcard), it surely can't be that
hard to grasp. The only problem would be the Network Card, where the
discount is only available at weekends, because of the minimum fare.
Maybe that's what your clerk was unsure about, confusing the Gold Card
with the Network Card.

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I've read several similar complaints to Figs on this newsgroup in the
past. The notion that someone with say a Gold Card Travelcard (i.e.
an annual) for a few zones wants a further Day Travelcard for all the
zones seems to cause considerable confusion at LU ticket offices.


Someone once posted the text of an internal document which was poorly
written, and seemed at a first reading to suggest that you can't buy a
ODTC with a Gold Card discount unless you have an all-zones Gold Card
(in which case you wouldn't need to buy the ODTC!).

What it was apparently intended to say was that you can only buy a
travelling companion a discounted z1-6 ODTC if either (a) you have an
z1-6 annual or (b) you buy a z1-6 ODTC for yourself as well. Someone
with a z2-6 annual can't buy a friend a z1-6 ODTC.


Whether they'd as confused with a Gold Card valid outside of London -
say Bedford to Luton - is also a good question!



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On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 22:41:33 +0100, Arthur Figgis wrote:

Someone once posted the text of an internal document which was poorly
written, and seemed at a first reading to suggest that you can't buy a
ODTC with a Gold Card discount unless you have an all-zones Gold Card
(in which case you wouldn't need to buy the ODTC!).

What it was apparently intended to say was that you can only buy a
travelling companion a discounted z1-6 ODTC if either (a) you have an
z1-6 annual or (b) you buy a z1-6 ODTC for yourself as well. Someone
with a z2-6 annual can't buy a friend a z1-6 ODTC.


I've had a few experiences of LU offices applying the opposite rule -
that the Gold Card holder (regardless of zones covered by the season)
can only buy Z1-6 ODTCs for accompanying adults, not for himself.

(Or to be pedantic, Z1-D ODTCs, as that's what you actually get.)
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On 18 Oct, 21:07, DaveP wrote:
past. The notion that someone with say a Gold Card Travelcard (i.e.
an annual) for a few zones wants a further Day Travelcard for all the
zones seems to cause considerable confusion at LU ticket offices.


I split my travel into 2 tickets - a point to point into zone 4 and a 4
zone travelcard (both annuals). If I want to buy a discounted travelcard
for someone, I must also buy one for myself (even though my ticket
combination covers the journey already).


Of course what your ticket combination doesn't cover is travel in
zones 5 & 6 - for better or worse the rule demands that you must have
a ticket with exactly the same zonal validity as your travelling
companions(s), and as they can only get Z1-6 at a discount then a
ticket (either a season or also discounted Day Travelcard) valid for
Z1-6 is what you too must have.


This makes the discount pointless, it's cheaper to buy the thing full rate.

D


I suppose that's the downside of splitting your ticket.

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asdf wrote:

On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 22:41:33 +0100, Arthur Figgis wrote:

Someone once posted the text of an internal document which was poorly
written, and seemed at a first reading to suggest that you can't buy a
ODTC with a Gold Card discount unless you have an all-zones Gold Card
(in which case you wouldn't need to buy the ODTC!).

What it was apparently intended to say was that you can only buy a
travelling companion a discounted z1-6 ODTC if either (a) you have an
z1-6 annual or (b) you buy a z1-6 ODTC for yourself as well. Someone
with a z2-6 annual can't buy a friend a z1-6 ODTC.


I've had a few experiences of LU offices applying the opposite rule -
that the Gold Card holder (regardless of zones covered by the season)
can only buy Z1-6 ODTCs for accompanying adults, not for himself.


I suppose that one way to get around this, if the ticket office are
being that obstinate, is to pretend another travelling companion is
not yet with you - e.g. he's in the shop or still walking to the
station!


(Or to be pedantic, Z1-D ODTCs, as that's what you actually get.)


And herein lies a slight anomaly - if you had a Z1-6 Gold Card
Travelcard (i.e. annual) and wanted to buy a discounted ticket for a
travelling companion, you yourself would not need to get one. However
you're travelling companion would actually end up with an ODTC valid
in Z1-D rather than Z1-6, i.e. it would cover more zones than your
Z1-6 Gold Card Travelcard. Of course they would not be able to use it
outside of Z1-6 as you would not be accompanying them, unless of
course you bought one yourself. But I can imagine even the most "with
it" LU ticket office might get confused by the idea that someone with
a Z1-6 Gold Card Travelcard would want a further discounted Z1-D ODTC
for themselves!

And if you had that Z1-6 Gold Card Travelcard loaded on Oyster, I can
well imagine the ticket office would simply suggest using Oyster PAYG
to allow you to travel to/from zones A-D - though in this case any
travelling companion's discounted ODTC would technically cease to be
valid when the travelling party entered zones A-D.


Indeed the existence of Oyster PAYG actually rules out any changes of
the rules regarding the necessity for Gold Card holders to buy a
discounted ODTC for themselves. Let me explain...

Let's say the rule that a Gold Card holder had to buy an all zones
ODTC for themselves (except if their season covered all Z1-6) was
ditched - and the rule rewritten so that the Gold Card holder could
buy discounted all zones ODTCs for their travelling companions but as
a group you could *only* use them within the zones covered by the Gold
Card holder's Travelcard (say zones 1-3).

Before the introduction of Oyster PAYG, notionally speaking this
could've been enforceable. However, since Oyster PAYG started, anyone
who held a Gold Card Travelcard loaded on Oyster can of course extend
their journey into any zone and the extension is automatically paid
for from their PAYG balance. Therefore the idea of restricting that
Gold Card holder plus travelling companions only to the zones covered
by the Gold Card holder's Travelcard becomes totally unworkable.

OK, my head hurts now!

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On 19 Oct, 11:38, Mizter T wrote:
asdf wrote:


(Or to be pedantic, Z1-D ODTCs, as that's what you actually get.)


And herein lies a slight anomaly - if you had a Z1-6 Gold Card
Travelcard (i.e. annual) and wanted to buy a discounted ticket for a
travelling companion, you yourself would not need to get one. However
you're travelling companion would actually end up with an ODTC valid
in Z1-D rather than Z1-6, i.e. it would cover more zones than your
Z1-6 Gold Card Travelcard. Of course they would not be able to use it
outside of Z1-6 as you would not be accompanying them, unless of
course you bought one yourself. But I can imagine even the most "with
it" LU ticket office might get confused by the idea that someone with
a Z1-6 Gold Card Travelcard would want a further discounted Z1-D ODTC
for themselves!

And if you had that Z1-6 Gold Card Travelcard loaded on Oyster, I can
well imagine the ticket office would simply suggest using Oyster PAYG
to allow you to travel to/from zones A-D - though in this case any
travelling companion's discounted ODTC would technically cease to be
valid when the travelling party entered zones A-D.

Indeed the existence of Oyster PAYG actually rules out any changes of
the rules regarding the necessity for Gold Card holders to buy a
discounted ODTC for themselves. Let me explain...

Let's say the rule that a Gold Card holder had to buy an all zones
ODTC for themselves (except if their season covered all Z1-6) was
ditched - and the rule rewritten so that the Gold Card holder could
buy discounted all zones ODTCs for their travelling companions but as
a group you could *only* use them within the zones covered by the Gold
Card holder's Travelcard (say zones 1-3).

Before the introduction of Oyster PAYG, notionally speaking this
could've been enforceable. However, since Oyster PAYG started, anyone
who held a Gold Card Travelcard loaded on Oyster can of course extend
their journey into any zone and the extension is automatically paid
for from their PAYG balance. Therefore the idea of restricting that
Gold Card holder plus travelling companions only to the zones covered
by the Gold Card holder's Travelcard becomes totally unworkable.

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A question. If you buy a Railcard-discounted travelcard at a LU
booking office, it states it's valid in zones 1-D (before the
designation of zones A-D as such, they used to say something like,
"Also by rail to Amshm/Cheshm/Ongar" [anything beyond Loughton being
then out-of-zone]). Now, as I say, they say "123456D", which is clear
enough. But if you buy the ODTC at a NR ticket office, it just says
"From [issuing station] To R1256 Zones" with no mention of any
validity in zones A-D. Would such a travelcard be valid to
(eg)Amersham, being a "Railcard Travelcard"? The National Fares
Manuals http://www.atoc.org/retail/_download...7_Common_K.pdf
(Travelcards) and http://www.atoc.org/retail/_download...7_Common_F.pdf
(Railcards) seem to be silent about this.

If yes, then it needs to be clarified. If no, then you get more
mileage for (ostensibly) the same ticket if you buy it from LU rather
than NR.
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