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TOC Priv Card renewal for 2019/2020

The TOC Priv Cards for Non-Safeguarded Staff and Dependants valid until 30 June 2020 are scheduled for distribution as below:
• they will be sent out by second class post to home addresses on Monday 17 June.
• they should start to arrive from Wednesday 19 June onwards.
• if you do not receive them by Wednesday 26 June, you should contact RST in writing. Please do not report non-delivery to RST until after Wednesday 26 June.
• if they arrive and are damaged in the post, you should report this to the Post Office and submit a claim to the Post Office for compensation before contacting Rail Staff Travel.

If you do not report non-delivery by 19 September 2019, you will have to pay for replacements.

The cards have some new features this year:
• the front has holographic images on gold foil for the validity dates and the BR double arrow symbol.
• the rear is covered with a holographic laminate sheet.
there is no longer any requirement to sign the TOC Priv Card.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  24th May 2019


Blue Status Pass maps

Five maps have been published on our Where can I go and restrictions page to show the areas of validity of each of the Blue Status passes.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  23rd May 2019


Rail Staff Travel on Grand Central

We are now able to confirm that Rail Staff Travel facilities are available for use on Grand Central services between London and Sunderland and also London and Bradford.

Summer 2019 restrictions

The restrictions on Staff Travel for Summer 2019 are now published on our Where can I go and restrictions page.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  16th May 2019


Offer from the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

The Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway now offers Priv rate travel at £3.00 (75% discount of Full Adult Rover – public price £12.00). It can be obtained on the day of travel by presentation of a TOC Privilege Card or Staff Travel Card at either Princes Risborough (ticket office on Platform 4) or Chinnor stations.

The Priv fare facility is not valid on any evening trains, dining services, or on any Santa Specials.

Please note that this is a commercial offer through the goodwill of the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, and not a reciprocal arrangement with Rail Staff Travel.

NSB rebranded as Vy

On 24 April 2019, NSB – Norges Statsbaner (Norwegian State Railways) was rebranded Vy.

Once formal notification of the FIP identity is received, RST systems and documentation will be updated, and FIP coupons issued for Norway will reflect the new branding. Until that happens, NSB coupons and FIP cards endorsed for discounted tickets remain valid on Vy rail services as they did before the rebranding.

A Norwegian Government company, Entur AS, has taken over the retailing of passenger rail tickets from NSB, and is now responsible for retailing tickets at stations for Vy passenger rail services.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  13th May 2019

Gold and Silver Status Passes – GWR and Transport for Wales Update

Both the Gold Status Pass and Silver Status Pass have been issued as SmartCards are expected to operate the gates at Smart-enabled stations.

As the roll-out of Smart-enabled gates across the national network continues additional stations will be enabled that will allow holders to operate the gates using their Status Pass. The current situation is that the majority of London in-boundary TOC stations should be Smart-enabled allowing the Status Passes to operate. In addition, gates at outboundary stations on Greater Anglia, c2c, Southeastern, South Western Railway, Northern, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), East Midlands Trains, Chiltern, Great Western Railway (GWR) and Transport for Wales (TfW) stations will operate with further TOCs being enabled over the next few months.

A definitive list of stations that are Smart-enabled is not currently available as this list changes frequently.

Please remember that you can still use your Status Pass as a “Show and Go” Pass at all valid locations that are not currently Smart-enabled.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  5th May 2019

Gold and Silver Status Passes – GWR Update

Both the Gold Status Pass and Silver Status Pass have been issued as SmartCards are expected to operate the gates at Smart-enabled stations.

As the roll-out of Smart-enabled gates across the national network continues additional stations will be enabled that will allow holders to operate the gates using their Status Pass. The current situation is that the majority of London in-boundary TOC stations should be Smart-enabled allowing the Status Passes to operate. In addition, gates at outboundary stations on Greater Anglia, c2c, Southeastern, South Western Railway, Northern, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), East Midlands Trains, Chiltern and Great Western Railway (GWR) stations will operate with further TOCs being enabled over the next few months.

A definitive list of stations that are Smart-enabled is not currently available as this list changes frequently.

Please remember that you can still use your Status Pass as a “Show and Go” Pass at all valid locations that are not currently Smart-enabled.

Reservations and supplements on TrenItalia services

Previous versions of the Travel Tips for Europe guide included information provided by TrenItalia on booking reservations and supplements using the TrenItalia website. TrenItalia have now confirmed that this website function is for FIP Duty Coupon holders only.

FIP Leisure Coupon holders can only pay for supplements and make reservations using TrenItalia ticket offices and authorised travel agencies (including those operating outside of Italy).

The Travel Tips for Europe guide has been updated to reflect this change.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  25th April 2019

Staff Travel Card renewal for 2019/2020

The Staff Travel Cards for Safeguarded Staff and Dependents valid from 1 April 2019 until 30 June 2020 were sent out on Wednesday 20 March 2019.

If you receive these from your employer
• they will arrange to distribute them to you.
• if you do not receive them, you should contact your employer.

If you receive these direct from RST by post,
• they were sent by second class post.
• they should start to arrive from Friday 22 March 2019 onwards.
• if you do not receive them by Saturday 30 March 2019, you should contact RST in writing. If you do not report non-delivery by 30 June 2019, you will have to pay for replacements.
• if they arrive and are damaged in the post, you should report this to the Post Office and submit a claim to the Post Office for compensation before contacting Rail Staff Travel.

(The renewal of TOC Privilege Cards for non-Safeguarded Staff and Dependents is scheduled for later in the year, and more information will be added to this page when the schedule for that renewal is finalised).

From the Rail Delivery Group –  21st March 2019

Staff Travel Card renewal for 2019/2020

The Staff Travel Cards for Safeguarded Staff and Dependents valid from 1 April 2019 until 30 June 2020 were sent out on Wednesday 20 March 2019.

If you receive these from your employer
• they will arrange to distribute them to you.
• if you do not receive them, you should contact your employer.

If you receive these direct from RST by post,
• they were sent by second class post.
• they should start to arrive from Friday 22 March 2019 onwards.
• if you do not receive them by Saturday 30 March 2019, you should contact RST in writing. If you do not report non-delivery by 30 June 2019, you will have to pay for replacements.
• if they arrive and are damaged in the post, you should report this to the Post Office and submit a claim to the Post Office for compensation before contacting Rail Staff Travel.

(The renewal of TOC Privilege Cards for non-Safeguarded Staff and Dependents is scheduled for later in the year, and more information will be added to this page when the schedule for that renewal is finalised).

From the Rail Delivery Group –  21st March 2019

Staff Travel Card renewal for 2019/2020

The production of Staff Travel Cards for Safeguarded Staff and Dependants valid from 1 April 2019 until 30 June 2020 is scheduled for March 2019. We expect to start mailing these out in the 3rd week of March, to enable them to be received before the start date of 1 April.

(The renewal of TOC Privilege Cards for non-Safeguarded Staff and Dependants is scheduled for later in the year, and more information will be added to this page when the schedule for that renewal is finalised).

From the Rail Delivery Group –  5th February 2019

Gold and Silver Status Passes – Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), East Midlands Trains and Chiltern Update

Both the Gold Status Pass and Silver Status Pass have been issued as SmartCards are expected to operate the gates at Smart-enabled stations.

As the roll-out of Smart-enabled gates across the national network continues, but specifically in the London and South East area, additional stations will be enabled that will allow holders to operate the gates using their Status Pass. The current situation is that the majority of London in-boundary TOC stations should be Smart-enabled allowing the Status Passes to operate. In addition, gates at outboundary stations on Greater Anglia, c2c, Southeastern, South Western Railway, some Northern stations, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), most East Midlands Trains and Chiltern stations will operate with further TOCs being enabled over the next few months.

The Northern stations now accepting Status Passes are: Barrow-in-Furness, Bolton, Bradford Forster Square, Glossop, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Liverpool Lime St, St Helens Central, Salford Central, Salford Crescent, Skipton, Warrington Central and Wigan Wallgate.

A definitive list of stations that are Smart-enabled is not currently available as this list changes frequently.

Please remember that you can still use your Status Pass as a “Show and Go” Pass at all valid locations that are not currently Smart-enabled.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  29th January 2019

Removal of WiFi restriction on Cross Country Trains

The Winter 2018/19 Travel Restrictions includes a ban on staff travel facility holders using the WiFi on Cross Country Trains.

We have had confirmation from Cross Country that WiFi is now free on all of their services, so the restriction on staff travel facillity holders using the WiFi has been lifted.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  14th January 2019

Minor changes to Eurostar FIP and SG fares

Some minor amendments have been made to the Eurostar FIP and SG fares which will take effect on 19 February 2019. Information has been added to the Current Offers and Concessions page.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  12th December 2018

Over-ordering of FIP coupons

Some people are requesting excessive quantities of FIP coupons from Rail Staff Travel. These requests appear to be purely speculative, without any intention to use the coupons. The FIP organisation has questioned why this is happening and asked Rail Staff Travel to prevent it. Coupons can only be issued when there is a genuine intention to use the coupons in the country concerned. Excessive overordering of coupons will affect the perceived usage of facilities and can in some instances lead to administrations reducing facilities available.

To comply with the request from FIP, Rail Staff Travel will refuse any requests which appear to be for just collecting coupons for personal interest, rather than having a genuine intention to travel. Where, over the course of a year, an excessive number of coupons is requested, Rail Staff Travel may request a planned itinerary to justify the issue of the coupons.

It is the job of Rail Staff Travel to make sure that staff get the facilities to which they are eligible. However, Rail Staff Travel reserves the right to suspend the issue of any FIP facilities to those who abuse the facility.

From the Rail Delivery Group –  11th December 2018