Peak and off peak tube question

Old Jun 17th, 2005, 08:34 AM
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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?
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 08:38 AM
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The turnstyle won't accept your ticket before 9:30 am.
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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Tickets are validated by the turnstiles which will not accept off-peak tickets before 0930.
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 08:55 AM
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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?
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 09:54 AM
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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?
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 05:15 PM
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>> 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.
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 05:44 PM
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Janis - what plan?
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 06:07 PM
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Don't be so pedantic . . . .

His (implied) plan is "standing on the platform and be ready to catch the first train after 9:30"
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 06:09 PM
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Janis, Why is robes being pedantic? What exactly are you trying to clarify here?
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 08:46 PM
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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.
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Old Jun 18th, 2005, 06:32 AM
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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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