I am rather fond of the Southeastern High Speed service between London St Pancras International and Stratford International (at least when I don’t forget the contrapeak concession doesn’t apply and get charged £6.10, as happened today).
Once things get more normal next month I would like to make a point of riding on it for fun (!) and I expect to get the chance as I will be working in the Kings Cross area.
It occurs to me that one cost-effective way to do this would be to travel to Stratford International in the off-peak using Oyster, and then return directly to St Pancras on the next train, tapping out within 30 minutes, which looks doable. I would happily pay £2.80 for that experience.
My question is, 1) is the intentional use of Same Station Exits in this way likely to be frowned upon by Southeastern/Revenue Protection, and 2) are the standard Oyster rules around treatment of Same Station Exits expected to apply to that line?
1) If they know about it, probably, but would they know?
2) I would have thought so, but I don’t know for certain.
Two potential issues come to mind:
1) If there are staff around at Stratford it might look fishy switching platforms immediately.
2) If you are delayed you’ll get two max fares which might be difficult to justify.
Thanks for your thoughts. I know it’s a bit of an unusual idea. I didn’t imagine anyone would be looking for idiots like me, there again I did wonder if this is a well worn path for point-to-point modes due to the cable car, but the entrance and exit passageways are physically segregated there.
Two maximum fares on that line would be the same as two single journeys (I believe?) so I wouldn’t feel too disappointed there.
Once minimise travel is withdrawn I think I’ll give it a try. Although knowing my luck the timetables will be tweaked such that it is no longer possible by then! 🙂