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Priv Oyster on Heathrow Express from 11 November 2018


The original date of 11 November has been delayed. This is now planned for Sunday 25 November.This news item has been amended from that originally posted on 6 November 2018.

It is planned that from Sunday 25 November 2018, Priv Oyster cards can be used on Heathrow Express (HEx) services between Paddington and Heathrow Airport to travel at quarter rate of the adult pay-as-you-go single fares. The adult single pay-as-you-go public fares are currently £25.00 peak and £22.00 off-peak. The equivalent adult single pay-as-you-go priv fares are £6.25 peak and £5.50 off-peak.

Children under 16 travel free at all times on HEx, as long as they travel with a fare-paying adult. Customers travelling with children under 16 should ask HEx staff to open the ticket gate for them, to allow entry to the platform. Children who have a 5-10 or an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard or a Young Visitor discount added to a standard retail Oyster card or to a Visitor Oyster card should not touch in or out. There is no limit to the number of accompanied children allowed to travel for free.

At Paddington, HEx trains usually depart from platforms 6 or 7. If a HEx train departs from a platform other then 6 or 7, the TfL Rail Paddington-Heathrow priv fare will be charged and customers will not be expected to pay more.

To enter the system using pay-as-you-go with a Priv Oyster card, customers need to have at least enough credit on their priv Oyster card for the entry threshold. The entry threshold is the minimum fare available from the departure station.

At Paddington, the Priv Oyster entry threshold for adults is a quarter of the adult pay-as-you-go public peak or off-peak fare.At Heathrow Airport, there is a zero entry threshold, as travel between the airport terminals is free. Entry at Heathrow, using an Oyster card, will always be permitted, as long as the Oyster card is not in a negative balance.

Status Passes or Staff Travel Card dated boxes cannot be used for free travel on Heathrow Express services. They can however, be used on Heathrow Connect services operated by TfL Rail.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  9th November 2018

Caledonian Sleeper – updated booking information

Updated booking information for Caledonian Sleeper is now available on the Current Offers and Concessions page.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  7th November 2018

Winter Travel Restrictions 2018-19

The Winter 2018-19 Travel Restrictions booklet (valid from 9 December 2018) is now available on our Where Can I Go and Restrictions page.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  7th November 2018

Addition of Boundless to the [Rail Delivery Group website] Current Offers and Concessions page

Active and Retired Rail Staff are eligible to join Boundless. Boundless help their members get the most out of their free time by providing experiences, things to do and exclusive savings.
Join today for 50% off annual membership (£13 for the first year, full membership is £26 annually) when you enter code RAILSTAFF18. 50% off offer available until 31 December 2018.
Information has been added to the Current Offers and Concessions page.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  6th November 2018

Additional FIP benefits from 1 January 2019

Rail Staff Travel are pleased to announce that agreement has been reached with Jungfraubahn in Switzerland and Koleje Wielkopolskie (Greater Poland Railways) for new FIP benefits. The arrangement with Jungfraubahn has some complexity, and details of both agreements are available in the document: Additional FIP facilities from 1 Jan 2019.

The Travel Tips for Europe guide has been updated to reflect these changes.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  24th October 2018

FIP coupons and the International Reduced Rate Card after Brexit

Rail Staff Travel is a member of FIP, an association within the UIC (International Union of Railways). This membership of FIP enables RST to issue FIP facilities (FIP coupons and the International Reduced Rate Card) on a reciprocal basis with the other FIP association members.
The RST membership of FIP is entirely unconnected to the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. The FIP facilities currently enjoyed by active and retired staff, partners and dependants will continue after Brexit when the United Kingdom is no longer a member state of the European Union.

International Coupons – Online Applications Accepted with 14 days’ notice

The trial of accepting applications for International Coupons submitted electronically using the online forms on the website with 14 days’ notice has been successful.
Applications for International Coupons using the online forms on this website are now accepted with 14 days’ notice.
Applications for International Coupons using forms delivered to RST by post or e-mail still have a 21 day notice period requirement.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  18th September 2018

NPC 10-Minute Briefing – December 2018

This archived briefing can be seen HERE.

From the NPC

RST Forms

All of our forms have recently been updated. Please always use the latest forms from the link on this page.

From the NPC-  30th July 2018

TOC Privilege Card Renewal

The TOC Privilege Card has recently been renewed. All renewed cards will be despatched to Employees on 19th June.

If you are missing a TOC Privilege Card that you were expecting when your families’ cards have arrived, this is likely to be due to an outstanding Declaration for your child. Please therefore complete this using the form that you will find on the Forms page.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  18th June 2018

Heathrow Connect

You can now use your rail staff travel facilities (Staff Travel Card, TOC Privilege Card, Status Pass, TfL Privilege Oyster and Oyster Status Pass) on the whole of the former Heathrow Connect route between Paddington and Heathrow, since from 20th May has been operated by TfL Rail.
There is no change to the usage of Heathrow Express.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  4th June 2018