My friend asked me a question recently about breaking journey (exiting paid areas of stations) on MyTrain periodical tickets. Unfortunately, I consulted the Fares and Ticketing Handbook and could not find the answer.
If someone lives on the outer regions of the four City Circle lines (Inner West/South/Airport & East Hills/Bankstown) and they buy a monthly ticket to the City, can they get off on other sections that are not their most direct route to the city?
For example, consider someone who buys a ticket between station X and the City, where station X is the following:
For the first two stations, the "normal" route to the City will be South Line via Granville, but alternatives exist such as via Regents Park or via Bankstown. Undoubtedly some also travel down to Glenfield to travel via the East Hills Line
For the third station, the "normal" route to the City will be via the East Hills Line, but the paths available to the first two stations are also available here.
For stations 1, 2, 3 and 4 above, will buying a periodical ticket between that station and the City allow the passenger to legally exit the network at these stations? I have picked these stations as they are on each separate "branch"
(c) Chester Hill
(d) Regents Park
Passenger Fares and Ticketing Handbook
I have consulted the handbook and I haven't been able to make enough sense of it to answer the question.
In Annexure A, Clause 1.2(b), there is talk of approved routes of travel.
For example, it states that any ticket covering through journey between Glenfield and Redfern has via East Hills and St Peters as shortest route, but many other routes are available, and "travel may be made by either route but Break of Journey for MyTrain periodical Ticket holders is only permitted on the shortest route."
To me, that means that in number 3 above (Glenfield), the passenger can only exit at (f), Revesby, with their periodical.
However, Clause 1.2(b) confusingly states it shoudl be read in conjunction with Clause 1.3. Clause 1.3 refers to "Approved Circular Routes"
Travel between Glenfield and the City (and Cabramatta/Liverpool to the City) both appear to be on the 68.82 km Glenfield Circle.
It states that break of journey between two stations on the same circular route for the periodical ticket is permitted on:
(a) Shortest route - shortest distance between both stations (this means once again, (f), Revesby is appropriate for the Glenfield to City periodical)
(b) Other route - only if the distance via the shortest route (route paid for) is more than 45% (30.97km) of the total circular route distance.
Now Glenfield to the City is more than 30.97km, so this to me seems to mean that stations on the "other route" of the Glenfield circle, such as Granville (a), and Strathfield (b), can be legally exited and boarded from using the ticket.
As I mentioned earlier, people from Glenfield can also travel to the City via Bankstown or via Regents Park/Strathfield (with several changes of trains).
Even though this is by no means the shortest or the fastest routes, they are possible routes, so again I consulted the "Approved Circular Routes" to see if there's anything that would allow the passenger to exit at Chester Hill, Regents Park, or Bankstown.
The Bankstown Circle is 40.84 km and Glenfield/Cabramatta/Liverpool are not on the circle. However, it notes that break of journey between a station on the circular route (the city in this case) and a station not on the circular route (Glenfield/Cabramatta/Liverpool) in this case is permitted on the shortest route (which won't help in this case as the shortest route won't include Bankstown).
However, it is also allowed on the "other route" if the distance from the CRE station (the first station on the circular route that you enter) to the station on the circular route (destination or origin) is more than 37% (15.11 km) for the total circular route distance.
Now, if you travel between Glenfield/Cabramatta/Liverpool to the City via Bankstown, your CRE is presumably Birrong. This is 24.56 km from the City, which exceeds the threshold requirement.
To me, this means that a ticket from Glenfield/Cabramatta/Liverpool would allow a break of journey at Bankstown and at Regents Park (both being on the Bankstown Circle). However, I'm not entirely sure about Chester Hill, not being the shortest route for Glenfield and not being on the Bankstown Circle either.
As you can see, I'm pretty confused analysing the fares handbook. It doesn't seem to be constructed very well.
There's also a supplementary issue I have with the circles.
According to the Glenfield Circle bit, so long as the distance between my origin station on the Glenfield Circle and the city exceeds 30.97 km, I can have a break of journey on the "other route".
So read strictly, doesn't this mean that if I buy a Warwick Farm to City periodical ticket (a distance of 35.3 km), because this exceeds 30.97 km, you can travel anywhere on the Glenfield Circle loop and break your journey? And because of that, someone can also exit at Glenfield?
If this is true, people at Glenfield can save a lot of money travelling to the City as their fare band is higher than that of Warwick Farm, and with a Warwick Farm to City periodical ticket, they can still get off and start a journey at Glenfield legally.
I'm not sure if this reading is correct - as I noted, the fares handbook is pretty confusing.