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telesis Jun 17th, 2005 08:34 AM

Peak and off peak tube question
 
Does the off peak period on the tube mean that you can't get on a train before 9:30 or that you can't go through the turnstyle (ticket reader gate) until after 9:30. In other words, can you be standing on the platform and be ready to catch the first train after 9:30 or do I have to wait until 9:30 to start heading downstairs to the train?

obxgirl Jun 17th, 2005 08:38 AM

The turnstyle won't accept your ticket before 9:30 am.

GeoffHamer Jun 17th, 2005 08:39 AM

Tickets are validated by the turnstiles which will not accept off-peak tickets before 0930.

Robespierre Jun 17th, 2005 08:55 AM

If whether you're at the turnstile or on the platform at 9:30 matters to your plan, I think it might need revision.

How about a bus?

PalQ Jun 17th, 2005 09:54 AM

The 9:30 rule seems strictly enforced - in one incident i witnessed one ticket window refused to even sell the off-peak ticket until 9:30am and in another one, on a suburban train, the ticket taker refused to let an off-peak ticket holder thru the barrier and they ended up in a scuffle! Like Robespierre hints at it should matter little as tube service on most lines is every few minutes - what difference can it make really?

janis Jun 17th, 2005 05:15 PM

>> can you be standing on the platform and be ready to catch the first train after 9:30 or do I have to wait until 9:30 to start heading downstairs to the train? <<

Everyone has given you the correct info but just to clarify -- You have to put your ticket through the "ticket reader gate" when going in to the tube station AND when exiting. So your plan just isn't possible.

Robespierre Jun 17th, 2005 05:44 PM

Janis - what plan?

janis Jun 17th, 2005 06:07 PM

Don't be so pedantic . . . .

His (implied) plan is "standing on the platform and be ready to catch the first train after 9:30"

obxgirl Jun 17th, 2005 06:09 PM

Janis, Why is robes being pedantic? What exactly are you trying to clarify here?

Robespierre Jun 17th, 2005 08:46 PM

I was trying to put together the requirement that the ticket be used upon entrance and exit with the rest of the dialogue.

But I agree that getting to the platform for the first train would involve moving pretty far pretty fast in most stations.

PalQ Jun 18th, 2005 06:32 AM

Andif it's the Tube why can't he/she catch the 9:35 tube - tubes every few minutes on most lines. Something is missing here in why they have to be on the 9:30 tube and not the one a few minutes later.


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