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Couple fined for getting off train early

Steve
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Couple fined for getting off train early

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A couple have had to pay a £114 fine after getting off a train two stops early.
Emma Clark and David Winter-Bates were travelling to Southampton from London with South West Trains when they decided to get off two stops early at Eastleigh.
When they handed over their tickets at the station, they were told they were each being fined £57 because they had not stayed on the train until their destination.
The fine was twice the standard fare of £28.50.
Miss Clark told The Sun: “It is utter madness. I could understand being fined if I had stayed on the train two stops beyond my destination.”
A spokesperson for Stagecoach, which owns South West Trains, said the couple had been fined because they were using discounted tickets, costing £6, which do not allow passengers to break their journeys.
In a statement, they said: “Leaving a train early is not allowed on heavily discounted tickets. The fine is double the standard single fare.”
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thisoldman
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Re: Couple fined for getting off train early

just sums up nicely steve  "  what a stupid country we live in"
alanf
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Re: Couple fined for getting off train early

Several years ago I asked at my local station for a return to Tonbridge and was sold a ticket for Tunbridge Wells which was a couple of stations further on. When I pointed out the "error" I was told that for stations within a certain radius of London off-peak tickets could not be sold at that time of day. So the ticket office clerk had kindly sold me a ticket for a longer distance at an off-peak price that was cheaper. As it was a normal day return ticket I was allowed to "break my journey" at Tonbridge and but never resumed it.
In the case of special price tickets it is in the terms & conditions that the ticket is only for use at the named stations.
Steve
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Re: Couple fined for getting off train early

Stupid Or reasonable? Can be debated but I feel for the couple and the moral to this story Is... Cheap usually works out more expensive.
gswindale
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Re: Couple fined for getting off train early

I'd have thought the moral would be
"read the T&C for your tickets before purchase"