Supporters who wish to travel regularly with the Charlton Athletic Rail Travel Group to weekend away games outside Greater London (also Gillingham, MK Dons, Oxford United and Southend United) can usually take advantage of discounted return rail fares, usually in conjunction with 'Advance Purchase' tickets, thanks to special purchases made by the CARTG Co-ordinator, Syd Cheeswright.
Please find the latest rail travel news below, as written by Syd Cheeswright...
For the match against Northampton Town on Saturday, 4th March 2017, kick-off 3.00 pm, London Midland trains operate directly from Euston to Northampton. Euston departures are scheduled at 10.54, 11.13 and 11.49. Journey time varies between 51 – 72 minutes. A discounted Advance Purchase (AP) or relevant Railcard (RC) ticket price also varies. An outward ticket costs £7.50 on the 10.54 and 11.49 departures, but up to £19 on the 11.13 train. Buy quickly!
VERY strict regulations apply to certain RC applications, eg aged ‘16-25’ and ‘Two Together’, but they only cost £30 throughout one year.
An off-peak adult Day Return costs £27.90 so it’s much cheaper, if it’s appropriate, to buy a separate AP or RC ticket for each designated, no flexibility, train specific journey.
Return trains depart Northampton at 18.05, 18.31 [slow] and 18.50. An AP or RC ticket now costs £7.50 on the 18.05 but £9.50 on the next two trains that both arrive 19.46 at Euston!
The ground is 1.6 miles from Northampton station. Bus routes D1, D2, D3 and 15 depart from the Bridge at the south end of the railway station. The buses go to within 200 yards of, or (route 15) past, the Stadium. Their combined frequency is 6 buses per hour, both before and after the game. The journey time is 8 minutes.
The club are running free coaches to Northampton. Full details can be found here
There are two main railway routes from London to Sheffield for the game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, S2 4SU, on 18th March 2017, kick-off 3.00 pm. The direct route from from St Pancras (STP) to Sheffield (SHF) is more expensive. Going from Kings Cross (KGX), and changing at Doncaster, is cheaper. Beware, however, fares vary on both main routes depending upon the (quota) train departure time
Set out below are the details for the direct route. Each fare shown is the price of an AP or RC single ticket. An adult ticket costs 51% more. All tickets are priced for one journey. They are sold on a strict quota basis, subject to increase in cost and/or withdrawal anytime at peak travelling periods.
STP (dep) 0926 0958 1026 1058 1126
Fare (£) 15.85 18.15 18.15 15.85 13.55
SHF (arr) 1141 1159 1241 1259 1341
SHF (dep) 1729 1749 1829 1849
Fare (£) 15.85 15.85 13.55 13.55
STP (arr) 1931 2000 2030 2103
Return AP or RC fares vary between £27.10 to £34.00 depending upon the outward and return train departure time. Off-Peak Day return fares are more expensive.
Below is selected comparable data for the route from KGX and changing at Doncaster (DON). Seats can be reserved on all main line trains and the three from DON. VT is Virgin Trains, GC is Grand Central and HT is Hull Trains.
KGX (dep) 833 948 1048
VT HT GC
Fare (£) 16.50 14.85 9.85
DON (arr) 1019 1123 1216
(dep) 1042 1142 1242
Fare (£) 3.15 3.15 3.15
SHF (arr) 1108 1208 1308
Different AP or RC main line return fares are shown below according to the train departure time. Off-Peak Day return fares between KGX and DON are much more expensive.
SHF (dep) 1830 1912
Fare (£) 3.15 3.15
AP or RC Off-Peak Day
Return is £4.10
DON (arr) 1909 1942
(dep) 1929 2026
Fare (£) 9.90 12.85
KGX (arr) 2110 2218
Once again, on any route: AP and RC discounted tickets are allocated and then sold on a strict quota basis. Buy quickly! As time passes, the AP and RC fare goes up but availability reduces. Same applies to Adult tickets costing 51% more.
United’s ground is 0.9 miles towards the south from Sheffield station. Leave the station by the western exit. There is little value in getting either bus route that eventually goes along Shoreham Street to the ground, because, apart from waiting, you can usually walk much quicker due to the A61 dual carriageway and one way systems buses have to negotiate.
Exit the station and, walk to the left, slightly downhill, along Sheaf Street. Continue straight ahead, twice. First, forward at the mini-roundabout and then along the right side of the one-way triangle straight into Shoreham Street. Cross the dual carriageway. The ground is then 550 yards on the right along Shoreham Street.