Photocards Now Required For 7 Day Travelcards Purchased From Railway Ticket Offices
From May 20th 2012, the railways have introduced a new restriction on purchasing 7 Day Travelcards.
Note: this restriction doesn’t apply to 7 Day Travelcards sold by TFL (basically all Travelcards sold not purchased from a railway ticket office)
How Do I Get A Rail Photocard
The good news is that the Photocard is free and you can get one on demand at any railway ticket office in the centre of London.
What you do need to bring is a passport size photo and a couple of extra minutes while the Photocard is made up.
How Does This Affect The 2 For 1 Promotion
For visitors one of the most attractive offers in London is the 2 for 1 admission days out promotion. Basically, if you have a valid rail ticket you can print vouchers out that entitle 2 for 1 admission to a very long list of London’s attractions including blockbusters like the Tower Of London.
Most visitors do not require a train ticket, but they do need to get around London. Travelcards giving access to London’s public transport and are a cost effecient way of using public transport. If you buy your Travelcard from a railway station outlet you qualify for 2 for 1.
The introduction of the Photocard requirement thus impacts anyone buying a 7 day Travelcard from the railways to take advantage of the 2 for 1 promotion. Note: 1 day Travelcards purchased from the railways do not need a Photocard
The 2 for 1 Promotion Details
TFL Issued 7 Day Travelcards Do Not Need Photo ID – The Confusing Bit
TFL (Transport For London) sell all the Travelcards from all other outlets (including Underground Stations).
At the moment you do not need a Photocard to buy an adult 7 Day Travelcard from a TFL outlet.
If you have a child between 11 and 15, with TFL you do require a special Oyster Photocard to buy a child 7 Day Travelcard. This costs £10 per child and takes 3 weeks to process.
Buying a child 7 Day Travelcard from the railways still requires a Photocard, but the railways Photocard is processed on the spot and it is free.
Staright forward isn’t it?