Same train, same ticket going into London, just bought at different stations - £33.35 from Brock, £36.55 from Soton Airport. Can anyone begin to explain the logic behind that?
Yeah, its a stupid system, it seems to be based on passenger flows more than anything, so I suppose as far fewer people do a trip from Brockenhurst to London they charge less to try and make it more attractive.
Same also from North Camp to Guildford; it's actually cheaper to get a return to Farncombe, which is further away than it is to Guildford.
There is a thread on this forum which might interest you, about why fares from Basingstoke to Winchester are more expensive. It just shows how flawed the fare system is.
Form the information available, I believe you are comparing the Weekend 'Super Off-peak day travel card' (with a railcard discount) from Brockenhurst with the 'Off-peak day travelcard' from Southampton Airport.
These are two different types of tickets with varying restrictions.
In order to fill spare seats and to encourage people to use the train for leisure or business purposes, we offer lower priced fares at such times and this means that there will be different prices depending on the day/ time of travel.
Off-Peak fares are cheaper tickets when compared to Any Time (peak hours), but are more expensive compared to Super off-peak or Weekend Super off-peak tickets. Off-peak tickets are valid for travel on trains that are less busy but any day of the week. They can be used to arrive in London Waterloo at or after 1000 and return by any train on the same day.
Super Off-Peak fares are cheaper tickets for travelling on trains that are less busy. You may need to travel at specific times of the day, days of the week and sometimes on specific routes or operators. The Weekend super off-peak day travelcard is valid only for travel on weekends. Other super off-peak tickets are valid to arrive London after 1200 (MON - FRI) and to return either before 1600 or after 1900, thus restricting your available journey times (and the amount of time can spend in London).
You may have also noticed advance tickets starting at £6.85 (after the railcard discount) from Brockenhurst and £6.00 for a similar ticket from Southampton Airport. These tickets are restricted to the booked trains only, are non-refundable and are quota-controlled.
Finally, please note that the cost of a Weekend Super off-peak ticket from Southampton Airport (after the railcard discount) is £30.45, compared to the £33.35 from Brockenhurst. The cost of an Off-peak day travel card from Brockenhurst (after the railcard discount) is £40.00 compared to the £36.55 for the same ticket from Southampton Airport.
In response to your query on the fares between North Camp and Guildford, this fare flow is owned by Great Western Railway.
I'm actually a very intelligent man but thanks for the patronising answer, nonetheless.
Indeed, by way of equality, I shall now patronise you.
As I said in my original post, it's the same train, therefore it arrives in London at the same time. This isn't complicated, is it?
When I turn up at Brockenhurst, each and every Saturday morning, to catch the 09.45 to London, arrival time (on a good day) about 11.20, I'm charged £33.35 for my travelcard. Last weekend, because of the customary engineering works, I drove to Soton Airport because I wouldn't have been able to get back to Brock and caught the 10.08 to London. Yes, the same train that left Brock at 09.45 and arrives in London at 11.20. And I paid £36.55 for my travelcard. Shorter distance, higher price.
Trust me, I know when I travel and I know what I pay. I've been doing this for 25 years!
Now you can call things as Super as you like, but unless the staff at Brock have simply been selling me the wrong ticket for two decades and more, your prices - certainly with this example - make absolutely no sense.
Thank you for your response and my apologies for any unintended offence.
With the additional details you provided, I have requested advice from our pricing manager and shall update you as soon as possible.