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Brentwood off-peak fare anomaly

An eagle eyed visitor has noticed that there’s an anomaly with off-peak fares from Brentwood (Z9) to Zone 1. The off-peak single fare for Brentwood to either Liverpool Street NR or LU is £5.50 but to any other Zone 1 LU station it is £5.40. This also includes passing through zone 1 and escaping the other side.

With Oyster you need to note that if you exit at Liverpool Street NR and then go down to the Underground you will be overcharged because the Oyster system won’t refund a fare once charged. To avoid this, consider changing at Stratford onto the Central or Jubilee lines. Contactless will work properly, as will return journeys to Brentwood.

If you want Liverpool Street itself then consider either Aldgate or Moorgate as alternative nearby stations.

2 Responses

  1. Another nearby anomaly:

    If travelling *off-peak* between Shenfield and St Pancras (adjacent to King’s Cross, and a short walk from Euston), it is marginally cheaper (and faster!) to split the journey at Stratford so as to use Southeastern High Speed services between Stratford Int’l (it is a short walk from Stratford Regional to Stratford Int’l, or one stop on the Docklands Light Railway) and St Pancras Int’l (NB: *not* St Pancras Thameslink). Using this split, one would be charged a Shenfield–zone 3 single fare + a Southeastern High Speed single fare (NB: Southeastern High Speed fares do *not* count towards any caps).

  2. One warning, however: since this is a genuine split, and *not* a recognised out-of-station interchange, *both* segments must start (i.e.: both touch-ins) during off-peak hours for this to work.

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