03 June 2015
I recently bought my Manchester to Sheffield train ticket at Manchester Piccadilly station. We were travelling on the 09.20 off-peak train, but bought the ticket during the peak at about 08.15.
The very courteous lady who served me explained the ticket restrictions and she said that she had to stamp my ticket to show this had been explained to me! This turned out to be a smudged stamp saying ‘RESTRICTION ADVISED’.
Good idea on one level – I was certainly clear about it all. But it does remind you how in the Stone Age rail ticketing can feel. The fact the off-peak single is 10p cheaper than the return does not help!