|Alnmouth Rail Users Group
of our AGM meeting 10th of June 2010
the 12th of May 2011 Meeting
Rail Users Group Newsletter no.1
ARUG has worked through the past year to improve services and has
communicated with the diverse train operators to inform them of things
we think the rail users need/like to have done.
This has resulted in the following achievements:
the 12th of December 2011 there will be an extra stop during weekdays
for the 8:12 pm XC service from Newcastle at Alnmouth (this train will
also provide a new direct service from Southampton , Reading and
Oxford, and also provide a good connection at Newcastle out of the 5:00
pm from London ís King Cross. Furthermore, on Saturdays, there will be
extra services at 09:08 am to Newcastle (and stations to Plymouth via
Birmingham ) and 12:58 to Newcastle (and stations to London
involvement of Sir Alan Beith, Northern have assured us that Alnmouth
Station will remain as is, unless there are other developments from the
News from the Aln Valley Railway Society:
Newsletter February 2016
Alnmouth Station car park.
News from Passenger Focus: Issue 13 November 2011
Crosscountry launches groundbreaking E-Ticket
Outcome of our October 2008 ARUG questionnaire
ARUG at Northern Rail summit
New East Coast timetable: Latest news
All Alnmouth station users are reminded that the new winter timetable
comes in operation. Please check your journey times as there have been
a few minor changes to times.
An extra Cross
Country (XC) service on weekdays from Newcastle
at 2011 to Alnmouth. This provides a good connection out of the East
Coast 1700 from London and also provides a new direct return service
from Southampton, Reading, Oxford and intermediate stations via
An extra XC service on Saturdays from Alnmouth at
Newcastle, Birmingham, Plymouth and intermediate stations. This goes
some way to reducing the previous 4 hour gap in XC services. This also
provides a further opportunity to make use of the reduced price XC only
fare for a return to Newcastle on a Saturday, as the majority of return
services in afternoon/early evening are XC.
An extra East Coast service on Saturdays from Alnmouth at
Newcastle and London. There are now East Coast trains to London at
approx 2 hourly intervals on Saturdays and the overall (all operator)
Saturday service is now approx hourly from start of service through to
Please feel free to send any feedback to this e-mail address or contact
us via the ARUG website www.arug.org.uk, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Find cheaper rail fares
Please find below links to cheaper rail fares:
Find cheaper rail fares from
the Transport Direct journey-planning website:
Type in your start and destination points and the times you want to
travel, then wait for the search engine to come up with a range of
fares and their availability. Transport Direct claims to have just
recorded the 50 millionth user of its website tools. In a recent
survey, 92 per cent of users said they find the Transport Direct site
easy to use; almost half of users were given a quicker route for a
familiar journey. Real time information on road and rail disruption
allows travelers to avoid unnecessary delays to their journey while
extensive maps show the locations of bus stops and train stations, and
also suggest where traffic congestion may occur. -
DfT press release
SOUTHBOUND DEPARTURES - 07:08 AND 07:59
- TRAVELLING BEYOND DERBY?
BE AWARE OF CHANGES BEFORE BUYING TICKETS. WHEN PURCHASING AT ALNMOUTH
STATION, ASK STAFF FOR THEIR ADVICE FOR CHEAPEST WAY TO PURCHASE THESE
TICKETS (SEE EXAMPLES BELOW)
A classic example of the railway increasing fares by stealth and over
complicating an already complex web of fares and anomalies.
On 02 Jan 2012, Cross Country (XC) have introduced restrictions on the
use of Off peak tickets, including "off peak returns" - formerly known
as saver returns, which are used for journeys of > 50 miles
return travel up to a month later. These tickets are flexible with no
advance purchase requirement.
Off peak returns, on routes where XC sets the fares will no longer be
valid BEFORE 0930 Monday to Friday.
This is a very complex area. As far as Alnmouth is
No impact on northbound departures as the first XC train is after 0930,
and XC do not set any fares to northbound destinations.
For southbound departures on the 0708 and 0759
No impact if travelling to Derby or intermediate stations between
Alnmouth and Derby - this is because East Coast sets this
even though your journey may wholly involve a XC train
If travelling to Tamworth/Birmingham or south thereof, the return price
has potentially DOUBLED (e.g. buying one through ticket to Birmingham
would now cost £202 on these departures, rather than the off peak
return of about half this figure).
GOOD NEWS - there is a perfectly legitimate work around to
this unjust restriction. This involves use of a "split ticket" i.e.
buying two different tickets to cover your journey. This is perfectly
valid as long as the train stops at the station where you have split
your tickets in both directions - there is no need to leave the
For example - if you have to travel to Birmingham on the 0708
departure, to avoid having to buy the "£202 return" -
1. Purchase an off peak return from Alnmouth to Sheffield -
2. Purchase an off peak return from Sheffield to Birmingham - cost £40.
(The 0708 departure from Alnmouth leaves Sheffield at 0954, so off peak
tickets are valid by the time this train gets there).
Alnmouth ticket office will sell you both tickets. In general ticket
office staff do not have to advise a passenger that there may be a
cheaper split ticket alternative, but have to sell the split tickets if
the passenger asks. ARUG believes that the Alnmouth staff are aware of
the anomaly and will try and help secure the best fare.
ARUG has provided this information in good faith, however errors and
omissions excepted. Please check fare alternatives using on line
journey planners to obtain the best split ticket options (suggestions
are Sheffield or Derby if heading to Birmingham, Midlands, South Coast
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