Yesterday morning Simon head out for a 07:52 train from Wakefield to London. He parked the car as usual in Westgate car park and collected his tickets from the machine in the station for next week’s travel. Then walked over to Kirkgate to get the train. He arrived some 20 minutes early so walked around the platform to get his step count up 🙂 and when the train arrived 10 minutes early he was somewhat surprised so asked a guard if there really was another train leaving just 10 minutes later. The guard promptly pointed out that the ticket was for an East Coast Service (which probably meant that the train would be departing from Westgate and not Kirkgate :-(. The moment sunk in quickly that Simon had made a fairly large mistake and now had just 10 minutes to get back across town to make the train. So he set of in a kind of jog. He arrived on the platform at Westgate just as the train guard was smiling at him as the train began to pull out of the station 🙁
HUGE mistake since an alternative ticket would now cost £125 as his existing ticket was no longer valid 🙁
Thankfully a little time with the eastcoast website showed that a train was leaving KIRKGATE in 50 minutes and that it would only be a tax of £54… So another walk to Kirkgate required but at least the cost of this mistake was not going to be HUGE.
A handy reminder for Simon to ensure that he double checks the tickets before setting off so that he ensures he is at the right station at the right time 🙂
All this was caused because he has been booking ticket through until the end of March and latterly he has been booking from Kirkgate because of that cost differential – there are still a few weeks of Westgate in the mix so departure are from Westgate for the next few weeks….