When utilizing Transport for London’s (TfL) Single Fare Finder to search out prices for journeys the place a number of potential routes exist, Different Fares are generally out there. These are listed with a notice comparable to “altering at Vauxhall” to point the route for which that fare is relevant. Nonetheless, these notes don’t look like fully correct.

Taking a journey from Surbiton and Watford Junction, and excluding the Zone 1 fares, provides us two decisions: the default fare (utilized for the default route by way of Clapham Junction after which direct by way of Willesden Junction), and a less expensive fare which in response to the annotation is legitimate when “Avoiding Zones 1 and a pair of by way of New Malden, Richmond and Willesden Junction”.

Nonetheless, it is also potential (and normally faster) to get from Surbiton to Richmond by way of Clapham Junction, which is in Zone 2. Based mostly on the annotation given, the cheaper fare will not be legitimate for that route – however I do not see how TfL might know that you have journeyed that means. For the reason that solely pink validators at Clapham Junction are on the Overground platforms, which you would not go to if travelling to Richmond, you’d subsequent contact in on the pink validator at Richmond – so far as I can inform this may then cost the cheaper fare (so long as you contact in once more on the pink validator at Willesden Junction).

Additionally, the usual fare between Surbiton and Richmond does not have any zonal restrictions, so it appears odd {that a} journey incorporating that leg would add restrictions which solely have an effect on that leg.

Is the annotation improper, and travelling to Richmond by way of Clapham is allowed, or is the fare actually not legitimate though there isn’t any means for TfL to know your route between Surbiton and Richmond?

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