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Train Tickets For The Under-16S

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puternut | 00:10 Mon 19th May 2014 | Travel
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Tried to get tickets for my grand-daughter (age 14) to travel from London to the southcoast via the SOUTHERN network to visit her grandparents.
This was to be her first trip on her own as we , and her parents, agree she should begin this type of thing now.

We have previously used a scheme calle 'Daysave' where, subject to certain timing restrictions around rush hours, you can use any train in the Southern region for the full day. Cost is £15 for adults and £2 for 5-15 years.

We have been told that we cannot buy a ticket simply for her as they feel she needs an accompanying adult! However, they say, it is possible to buy a standard ticket (At least double the fare) for a child to travel alone!!!!!

Talk about double standards Southern

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puternut, whoever told you that was an idiot. the daysave ticket conditions mean you cannot buy child tickets in isolation, but only as part of a party. see the conditions here:- http://www.southernrailway.com/tickets-and-fares/ticket-types/daysave/
07:21 Mon 19th May 2014
Do not expect logic or common sense from the railways.
puternut, whoever told you that was an idiot.

the daysave ticket conditions mean you cannot buy child tickets in isolation, but only as part of a party. see the conditions here:-

http://www.southernrailway.com/tickets-and-fares/ticket-types/daysave/
.. as they feel she needs an accompanying adult! ..

It's not that they 'feel' anything - the £2 is a special offer for a child accompanying a adult. If they actually used those words then it was very badly explained.

National Express coaches don't allow children (younger than your daughter admittedly) to travel alone at all - nor do some airlines
To defend Southern (which I hate doing - they are a pile of poo), there is a significant difference between a child having a 'rover' ticket, which means they could be absolutely anywhere, and a child with a ticket for a specific journey between named stations.

Have you investigated buses ?
Mind you, when I read that a 14 year old is not considered old enough to travel alone on a UK train, I am amazed at my own childhood daring. At age 14 I travelled to Germany - overland - on an exchange visit, and nobody batted an eyelid.

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