LOOK OUT FOR THIS SIGN
PRIOR TO 1997 THE OVERGROUND NETWORK OF TRAINS THAT RAN NATIONWIDE WAS KNOWN AS BRITISH RAIL.
SINCE 1997 HOWEVER THE OVERGROUND INTERCITY SYSTEM HAS BECOME A SYSTEM OF
FRANCHISES WITH LINES BEING SOLD OFF ON A LEASE BASIS TO PRIVATE COMPANIES.
COLLECTIVELY THIS SYSTEM IS NOW KNOWN AS NATIONAL RAIL
THIS GENERIC TERM SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH NETWORK RAIL WHO ARE THE BODY
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FIXED ASSETS OF THE NATIONAL RAILWAY SYSTEM WHICH INCLUDED
THE ACTUAL TRACK ITSELF, BUT NOT THE ROLLING STOCK. THE LONDON UNDERGROUND IS
NOT PART OF EITHER NETWORK RAIL OR NATIONAL RAIL, IT IS AN ENTIRELY SEPARATE
SYSTEM THAT IN PARTS SHARES STATIONS AND TRACK WITH NATIONAL RAIL. NATIONAL RAIL
STATIONS ARE TERMED MAINLINE STATIONS WHICH MEANS IT IS PART OF THE RAIL SYSTEM
THAT COVERS THE WHOLE OF MAINLAND BRITAIN AND NOT A LOCAL SERVICE. SO IF YOU ARE
IN LONDON AND ARE LOOKING TO TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY YOU NEED TO USE ONE OF
THE MAINLINE STATIONS. SOME MAINLINE STATIONS ARE ALSO SHARED WITH LONDON TUBE
STATIONS AND THESE ARE SHOWN ON MAPS AS INTERCHANGE STATIONS. TO CONFUSE MATTERS
EVEN FURTHER SOME PRIVATELY OWNED AND RUN SERVICES THAT USE THE NETWORK RAIL
INFRASTRUCTURE ARE NOT PART OF THE NATIONAL RAIL SYSTEM. THESE INCLUDE POPULAR
SERVICES SUCH AS THE HEATHROW EXPRESS FROM PADDINGTON STATION WHICH IS OWNED BY
BAA AND THE EUROSTAR SERVICE FROM ST PANCRAS STATION WHICH RUNS TO PARIS IN
THE MAP OF LONDON TRAIN SERVICES INCLUDES THE
NATIONAL RAIL LINES WHICH YOU CAN FIND BY CLICKING HERE
BOOKING AND PLANNING
THROUGH JOURNEYS CAN BE A PROBLEM IF YOU ARE TRYING TO OBTAIN ANY SPECIAL DEALS AND IT MAY WELL BE WORTH BOOKING A TRAVELCARD IN ADVANCE.
THE NATIONAL RAIL
WEBSITE WITH JOURNEY, PRICE AND TICKET INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING HERE
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A NEW RAIL SERVICE CALLED LONDON OVERGROUND WHICH IS
NOT THE SAME THE NATIONAL RAIL OR NATIONAL OVERGROUND ROUTES. ITS A STANDALONE
SERVICE RUN BY TRANSPORT FOR LONDON. IT CONSISTS OF THE FORMER LONDON RAILWAY
AND THE EAST LONDON LINE (FROM 2010).
SEE LONDON OVERGROUND ROUTE
Its possible to save 1/3 on fares covering much of the overground service
and Heathrow Connect services,
services with this card. You can also purchase this card if your
over 25 providing your in full time education.
Oyster Off-Peak pay as you go Daily Price Cap and Off-Peak pay as you go single
fares for journeys on National Rail, London Underground and Docklands Light
Off-Peak Day Travelcard Zones 1-6 some
ticket types offered by individual train companies. Please enquire locally for
Anytime Day Travelcard Zones 1-6 when bought as part of ticket to London from
outside the London Zones area
PLUSBUS give you unlimited bus travel from your start/arrival station with
participating operators. Visit plusbus.info or ask at your local station ticket
office for further details
Please remember that for all journeys made at or between 4.30am and 10am Monday
to Friday, a minimum fare applies. This means that the Railcard is not
suitable for most daily commutes to work or places of study. Donít forget that
if you travel regularly between 4.30am and 10am Monday to Friday then a weekly
or monthly season ticket is likely to be the best way for you to save money.
Railcards do not give discounts on season tickets.
There is NO minimum fare at weekends, on Public Holidays and during July and
August. For full details of minimum fares, please ask at your local staffed
station and some National Rail-licensed Travel Agents.