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Can I board a train without a ticket?

The National Rail Conditions of Carriage state that you must always have a valid ticket before boarding a train, unless:

a) you could not buy a ticket because there was no means to do so at the station (e.g. no ticket office open or no working ticket machine). This also applies if the Permit to Travel machine was out of order;

b) the train company you will be travelling with advertises that you can buy tickets on the train; or

c) an authorised person (e.g. train company staff member) gave you permission to travel without a valid ticket.

We recommend that you make a note of the name of the member of staff who advises you that you can board without a ticket.

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