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    Posted by lemurtail (U13885499) on Sunday, 30th January 2011

    To my surprise, I've discovered that I qualify for a Disabled Railcard and am seriously considering getting one. However, I'm unclear whether I would be expected to travel with a carer or can travel alone. Does anyone here know? Thanks.

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    Posted by AndyfromCornwall (U14342750) on Monday, 31st January 2011

    If you do more than the occasional trip it is worth having a Railcard. If you are doing a long and expensive trip you might save the cost of the card and more besides! On a trip to Bristol I save about £20.

    If you need a carer they also get the discount price but you can travel alone if you want, I do it all the time. The one important condition is that you must carry the card and show it if asked.


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    Posted by lemurtail (U13885499) on Monday, 31st January 2011

    Thank you! A quick calculation has proved that I can recoup the cost of the card on just 2 journeys, where I travel with a friend. It is likely to be a regular journey now it has become affordable.

    I'd been getting by on a Network SouthEast card, which has so many restrictions and a rather high minimum fare of £13, that at times it is unusable. Nice to see the Disabled Railcard is much more straightforward and has a more realistic minumum fare.

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    Posted by mumkitchen (U13951974) on Saturday, 5th February 2011

    Book between 8 to 11 weeks before hand you can save more on your tickets.
    I also do this when I travel to see friends and family. I have booked again and saved £44 this time.
    You can booked to have help with getting onto the train and off. You must booked this at the time you get your ticket.

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