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Off-Peak tickets

Off peak is changing

Save by travelling outside busy commuter times

There are a range of Off-Peak Day tickets giving you more choice of which ticket to buy at various times of day.

When are Off-Peak tickets valid?

Off-Peak Singles and Returns (not Off-Peak Day) are generally restricted in the morning peak period.

Off-Peak Day Singles and Returns are restricted in the morning peak period. There are currently no evening peak-period restrictions with these tickets, except for journeys wholly within the Merseytravel ticketing area.

Evening peak restrictions will apply from Monday 8 September 2014 for all journeys wholly within the Transport for Greater Manchester, Travel South Yorkshire and Metro (West Yorkshire) areas. Also included are lines radiating out of Manchester and Leeds, and on the Newcastle to Hexham line.

Changes from Monday 8 September 2014

From Monday 8 September off-peak tickets will no longer be able to be used at peak times during weekday evenings on local rail services in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire from 16.01 - 18.29. The change will also apply to services between Hexham and Newcastle from 16.01 - 17.59.

If you currently use off-peak tickets during the evening peak you will either have to travel earlier or later, or buy an anytime ticket.

Check our maps to see if your journey is affected

Greater Manchester

Restrictions apply to journeys that start and finish on routes marked in red.

For stations / routes marked in green restrictions apply to/from these locations to Manchester / Salford stations.

Routes to and from Manchester

Restrictions apply to the following ticket types:

  • Off-Peak Day Singles / Returns
  • Duo
  • GM Rail Ranger
  • Daysaver TB (Train and Bus), Daysaver TM (Train and Metro) and Daysaver TBM (Train, Bus and Metro)

West Yorkshire

Restrictions apply to journeys that start and finish on routes marked in red.

For stations / routes marked in green restrictions apply to/from these locations to Leeds station and for Skipton and Connonley to Bradford or Leeds stations.

West Yorkshire Off-Peak ticket restrictions map

Restrictions apply to the following ticket types:

  • Off-Peak Day Singles / Returns
  • Duo
  • WY Day Rover
  • WY Family Day Rover
  • WY Train Day Rover

South Yorkshire

Restrictions apply to journeys that start and finish on routes marked in red.

South Yorkshire

Restrictions apply to the following ticket types:

  • Off-Peak Day Returns

Hexham / Newcastle

Restrictions will apply to services between Hexham and Newcastle (highlighted in red) from 16.01-17.59.  This excludes journeys between Blaydon - Newcastle inclusive

Hexham to / from Newcastle

Restrictions apply to the following ticket types:

  • Off-Peak Day Singles / Returns
  • Duo

Frequently Asked Questions

What is changing?

From Monday 8 September off-peak tickets can no longer be used at peak times during weekday evenings on local rail services in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester from 16.01 – 18.29. A restriction will also apply to the use of off-peak tickets between Hexham - Newcastle from 16.01-17.59.

In Greater Manchester the changes will also apply on the following routes:

  • Alderley Edge – Manchester Stations / Salford Crescent / Salford Central via Stockport or Styal
  • Burscough Bridge – Manchester Stations
  • Buxton – Manchester Stations / Salford Crescent / Salford Central
  • New Mils Central – Manchester Stations / Salford Crescent / Salford Central
  • Warrington Central / Bank Quay – Manchester via Birchwood or Earlestown

In West Yorkshire the changes will also apply on the following routes:

  • Skipton – Bradford / Leeds
  • Knaresborough - Leeds

Why is it changing?

The changes are being made after the Department for Transport asked Northern to look at several options to help reduce subsidy as part of its new franchise agreement.

The change to off-peak tickets is the only option that has been taken forward and will be used to reduce the cost of the railway to taxpayers by reducing subsidy to Northern.

What happens if…:

…I start my journey in the affected area before 16.01 but have to change trains in the affected area after 16.01?

You can still travel on an off-peak ticket for the first part of your journey, but you will need to have an anytime fare or equivalent for the second leg of your journey.

What about concessionary fares?

The TfGM concessionary pass will still be valid in the evening peak.

In South and West Yorkshire, the concessionary scheme offers a 50% reduction on fares so pass holders wishing to travel in the evening peak will need to buy an anytime fare with the 50% reduction applied.

Why is the peak longer in certain areas compared to Merseyside and between Hexham and Newcastle?

We have tried to keep the changes as simple as possible for customers.

The peak restriction in Merseyside (until 17.59) has been in place for some time. Northern does not price all the ticket flows so to change these times would have meant a very complex message and inconsistency across the area. Given the volume of passengers and level of service between Hexham and Newcastle, the end time of 17.59 is also appropriate on this route.

The timings of 16.01-18.29 apply elsewhere as they best reflect the capacity available, demand for services and give a consistent approach for the majority of those customers who will be affected across South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

How do I know if my ticket is affected?

If you usually travel on an off-peak ticket in the affected areas in the evening peak then you will probably need to buy an anytime ticket or travel on an earlier or later train.

Alternatively, you can speak to a member of staff at one of our ticket offices who will be able to help.

Do the restrictions apply on other operators’ services?

Yes. Where the ticket is priced by Northern Rail and the restriction has changed, it will apply to ALL operators whose services the ticket is valid on.

What about specific products?

Greater Manchester
The following products will no longer be valid in the evening peak:

  • Off-Peak Day Singles / Returns
  • Duo
  • GM Rail Ranger
  • Daysaver TB (Train and Bus), Daysaver TM (Train and Metro) and Daysaver TBM (Train, Bus and Metro)

The following tickets will also be withdrawn from Sunday 7 September 2014;

  • GM Evening Ranger
  • Cheap Evening Returns (a small number are priced by TPE and will remain)

The following products will still be valid:

  • Greater Manchester Wayfarer

West Yorkshire
The following products will no longer be valid in the evening peak:

  • Off-Peak Day Singles / Returns
  • Duo
  • WY Day Rover
  • WY Family Day Rover
  • WY Train Day Rover

South Yorkshire
The following products will no longer be valid in the evening peak:

  • Off-Peak Day Returns

Hexham – Newcastle
The following products will no longer be valid in the evening peak:

  • Off-Peak Day Single / Returns
  • Duo

Will you prosecute / fine people who have the wrong ticket – it’s confusing?

We understand how important it is for customers to be fully aware of the changes that are happening, when and what it means for them. That is why we are publicising these changes well in advance. This includes information at stations and on our website, our conductors will also make announcements on affected trains in the run up to the change.

We recognise that some people who use these type of tickets might not be regular customers, which is why our staff are on hand to help them make sure they have the right type of ticket for their journey.

If I have the wrong rail ticket, can I pay the difference on board?

We will do everything we can to help you make sure you have the right ticket for your journey. If for any reason that doesn’t happen you will be able to pay the excess on board.

Where can I find out further information about the changes?

If the information here isn't clear, you can speak to a member of staff at one of our ticket offices.

How to buy your Off-Peak ticket

Online

Simply enter your journey details into the 'Train tickets and times' search engine on the right of this page to find any Off-Peak fares available.

You can receive your tickets by First Class post (please allow seven days for delivery); or collect your pre-paid tickets from ticket vending machines (TVM's) at participating stations.

From Ticket Vending Machines (TVM's) at participating stations

The TVM's sell a range of tickets for popular destinations for immediate use and accept most credit/ debit cards as well as cash. Check your journey times and individual ticket restrictions when purchasing your ticket to be sure that it is valid for your planned train.

From station ticket offices

You can buy the full range of tickets from staffed ticket offices. Our ticket offices will accept all major credit/debit cards, cash, National Rail vouchers and rail warrants.

On trains

At stations where no ticket office or TVM's are provided, or the ticket office is closed; tickets can be purchase from conductors on the train.

Contact us

If you're having any trouble booking tickets visit our contact us page for further details on how to get in touch - our trained staff can always find the best ticket for you.