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Train prices - struggling with child far away

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Hi all, 

My son was moved 100 miles away from me, when he was 7. I had always lived 10 minutes' walk from him, and now he's a 2hr train ride away. 

Worse than that, the train is insanely expensive. It's at *least* £30 each way, often a lot more. 

It is, however, cheaper if I use my Family & Friends Railcard with him, for both our tickets. 

But I cannot buy a return ticket (obviously I need the return part of the ticket if I'm taking him to his mum's house) because if I then travel on the return without a Child, I'd be given a fine. 

This seems messed up, and crazily unhelpful for single parents. 

Does anyone have this similar problem and know of any workarounds?


Topic starter Posted : 23/05/2023 5:54 pm
Tommy92 reacted
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are you paying maintenance through CMS? if so you should be able to claim those as travel expenses for child contact.

Posted : 23/05/2023 11:09 pm
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@bill337 Thanks - no, we don't do anything through CMS, I just pay maintenance directly.

Topic starter Posted : 24/05/2023 1:18 pm

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