The current National Rail Conditions of Carriage are about to be replaced by a new document called the National Rail Conditions of Travel. The new rules take effect on Saturday 1st October 2016. Most of the changes are minor, or simply clarify existing wording. Several clauses have been re-numbered and/or re-ordered to group related rules together. There are some quite big changes, and one in particular affects multiple seasons in London. And best of all, it is very good news.
It used to be necessary for the train to call at the station where you switched from one season ticket to another, unless both seasons included some zones. This will no longer be the case from this Saturday.
So it will now be possible to use a Hertford North to Bowes Park season and a zone 1-3 travelcard on Oyster on trains that do not call at Bowes Park. Or a 17 year old travelling from Sevenoaks can now make use of a reduced zone 1-6 travelcard on Oyster with a Sevenoaks to Knockholt season. This is cheaper than a Sevenoaks to Orpington season and also opens up the trains that run fast from Sevenoaks to London.
I’ll be re-writing the page about mixing Oyster and paper tickets during the week to reflect the new rules.