The Gibb report has given us a wealth of material about the failures of ‘system resilience’ on the Southern Rail network – and over the next few weeks, ABC will be following many of these up in depth. However, we wanted to start with an exclusive tip-off that will benefit commuters right here, right now. And so we present the first Magic Loophole Station; a technique inspired by section 3.2 of the Gibb Report, and from which several of our commuter campaigners are already enjoying great savings.
Before proceeding, please note: this is still a work in progress that we invite you to try, and investigate further. We do not guarantee success and all of these methods are to be used at the individual’s sole discretion and responsibility.
Important: we are still urgently raising funds to pay our lawyers for our recent court victory, which has forced Chris Grayling to finally make a decision on Southern Rail’s contractual breaches. There could be no better use for the money saved through the #GreatGibbaway than donating some to help us pay our lawyers!
How to use the Camden Road Magic Loophole:
Inspired by the “fare anomalies and split-ticketing opportunities” highlighted by Chris Gibb in section 3.2 of his report, members of ABC have been looking at other routes and trying to identify similar “Magic Loophole Stations” to the Eastbourne – Aldershot example that Gibb describes.
We have since discovered that Camden Road Station is the “Magic Loophole Station” for South Coast – London Victoria routes, and now invite all our supporters to join the investigation and find similar loopholes for other routes.
The Camden Road “Magic Loophole” works for:
- Passengers on the South Coast going to London Victoria
- All peak day tickets
- Some off-peak tickets
- Some walk up fares, e.g. 7 day return tickets (peak and off peak)
The Camden Road “Magic Loophole” won’t work for:
- Season ticket holders (7 days and upwards) – unfortunately it turns into the same ‘travelcard’ ticket type for both scenarios at that point
- Anyone travelling from Haywards Heath or further north
The best thing about this technique is that the saving on day return peak tickets will really help whose who are self-employed or part-time – i.e. those who are already penalised most by the current fare system.
These types of passengers will be able to save money on every journey using the “Magic Loophole” technique. ABC members have explicitly asked Southern Rail ticket staff if Victoria is a valid route for Camden Road, and it has been confirmed that it is (i.e. one can take all usual direct peak/off-peak trains and there is no need for this to be specified on the ticket.)
Examples of how much you could save on a peak day ticket:
Worthing: £41.70 instead of £56.70 saving £15 or 26% discount
Eastbourne: £44.20 instead of £60.40 saving £16.20 or 26% discount
Brighton: £43.60 instead of 50.10 saving £6.50 or 13% discount
Lewes: £39.30 instead of £51.10 saving £11.80 or 23% discount
Shoreham: £40.50 instead of £54.20 saving £14.70 or 27% discount
How you can help our investigation:
- Write and tell us about your success and any further “Magic Loophole Stations” you uncover. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us through Twitter. Please note that we are volunteer-run and extremely busy, so Twitter is always best for a quick response.
- Donate to our legal crowdfunder – we need your help more than ever if we are to pay our lawyers for their work on our recent high court decision and keep ABC alive!
- Keep following our campaign and thinking outside the box! We must all join together to insist upon a better quality of investigative journalism; and much more action from MPs/Ministers, if we are to ever bring the Southern Rail crisis to a end!
Please note, The Great Gibbaway was inspired by section 3.2 of the Gibb report: