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January 21st, 2013
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It doesn't grow on trees you know
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It's becoming increasingly clear that if we didn't have the money from the sale of OH's late mother's house, there's no way the kids could go to university. I know there are scholarships, and loans, and various bits and pieces for low-income families, and the kids will have to take out student loans etc and just learn to live with them like we do with the mortgage. But that's all once you're actually there. I hadn't realised how expensive getting there (literally) was going to be.

Oldest son has an interview a long way away the week after next. The train fare is going to be £215. There's no way we could fund that out of income.

It's not even any cheaper if he goes up the afternoon before. I thought that leaving here around 4pm instead of 7am would be cheaper, but apparently not. The fare up is £174 no matter what time you travel, and the fare back is £42. I've checked nationalrail.co.uk and thetrainline.co.uk - I had a look at megatrain.com but, weirdly, that's only buses.

I don't remember it costing anything like this much when he went up for an Open Day last year some time.


ETA, for the record: The cheaper fare I remembered from last time turned out to have been due to that visit being on a Saturday. OH drove him up in the end; they left home at 5:35 and arrived at 10:30, having stopped on the way for breakfast. They left uni-city at 4:40 and arrived home at 9:50, stopping twice along the way.




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From:thesmallhobbit
Date:January 21st, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
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You might be able to save some money if you buy two separate tickets for the journey up. So if you travel from A to B via C, then buy a ticket from A to C and then from C to B. I've done that before.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:January 21st, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I've heard of that, but it's identifying C that's the problem, and I'd be worried about him being challenged about it on the train!
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From:halotolerant
Date:January 22nd, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
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Does he have a Young Person's (18-25) railcard? If he'll be doing more rail travel over the next year they very very quickly pay dividends (30% discount on most trains, not peak ones but they're easily avoided)
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:January 22nd, 2013 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Yes, he does have one of those, but I always forget whether I've ticked the railcard box, so when I'm investigating I just compare full fares and only tick the railcard option when I've decided everything.

Unfortunately I can't agree that it's easy to avoid peak times - he has to be in Manchester by 11am, thus leaving Euston at about 8:30. So as far as I can see it's unlikely he'll be able to use the railcard.
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From:halotolerant
Date:January 22nd, 2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh I just meant avoiding them in general, not on this specific trip, which I agree highlights the ridiculousness of public transport fares. Train travel is ruinous, and I lament my 18-25 card passing out of my reach hugely *sadface*
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:January 22nd, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Ah well, you did better out of it than I did - my Student Railcard became invalid the moment I left uni, and they didn't invent the card for all under-24s (as it was then) until I was 27.

For this particular trip I'm even debating asking OH to drive him up. As he's a taxi driver the loss of income will be significantly less than the train fare, so it comes down to estimating the diesel.
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