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Brit Rail time schedules

We will be using a Brit Rail group Flexi 8 day pass over 14 days. One day we will be coming from Edinburgh to Bury St. Edmunds with a stop of about 4 hrs in York. I plan to make reservations for the Edinburgh-York and York- Bury St. Edmunds trips. Our B&B wants to know arrival time. I would like to take the 16:29 train out of York that goes thru Peterborough and Cambridge and get to Bury St. Edmunds at 19:54. Wondering about connections. The Peterborough to Cambridge change is 30 min. which seems ok. The Cambridge to Bury change is only 5 min. which is impossible. Should we allow at least 30 min between connections or more?
There are 4 of us and this will be on a Sunday.

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Thank you so much. The information is exactly what I needed to know. So when we use the Brit Rail Trip planning site, the train schedule connections should be ones we can make? We don't really have any deadlines on this trip, just want to get to a place on the same day. I like the trip planning feature and have made calculations of travel times based on it.

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Susan, Brit Rail is a ticket marketing agent, and I'm not sure if they have a journey planner. See my edit above re. platform numbers. I'm using the National Rail journey planner app on my phone, but the same trains appear on the planner on www.nationalrail.co.uk. I would reserve seats from York to Peterborough because that train is likely to be busy. After that it doesn't matter so much.

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Alright. I need to get my terminology correct, the National Rail journey planner is the one I've been using. I need to download the phone app too. I've noted your edit and appreciate the information very much. Our 30 day trip starts this Friday and we are all excited. Thank you again, you have very concise information.

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Cambridge station isn't massive. There is just a single footbridge separating two main sets of platforms, so if the Peterborough to Cambridge train is on time then you should manage it if you look sharp - ask the guard which platform you will need and which doors you need to be standing at when the train comes in, so you are already close to the footbridge if you do need to cross over. EDIT - according to the National Rail journey planner you will come in on platform 8 and leave from platform 6, so you will have to cross the bridge. See the plan of Cambridge station here - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/SME/html/NRE_CBG/plan.html?rtnloc=CBG Trains to Bury aren't very frequent on a Sunday evening. If you miss that 19.12 departure then it's about an hour's wait. It isn't vital to book that part of the journey anyway, and may not even be possible for a local service like that.

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Susan, Kevin has it. A couple of things about your flexipasses. First, please be sure to get the passes validated at the ticket window of a manned station prior to your first use of the passes. Second, please be sure to put the date of travel in the boxes on the pass before you use the pass for the first time each day. People are seen every day who don't do that and the pass may very well not be accepted for travel on that train and you will have to buy a very expensive on the spot ticket. It is quite easy to write in the date just before you hop on that train. Have a wonderful trip !!!

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Thank you Kevin and Nigel for your quick and pertinent responses. We appreciate it and look forward to our trip.

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Just to let you know, we made the above journey and did well. Trains were on time and we got 4 people, 6 small bags and 4 backpacks off the Peterborough train and onto the Cambridge one. We did move pretty quickly. All the connections have been made so far. We are feeling more relaxed about trips. No problems with flexi pass. Yesterday I filled in the date as the Conductor was coming around. He just looked amused
Even when we couldn't get seats in the same car the Conductors have been very understanding. We make reservations when we can. Enjoying the experience!

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Nigel's point is very important. Just back from england using the Flexi-pass. At both the ticket barrier to get onto the platform, and also on the train, i noticed the ticket examiner paid obvious and detailed review to be sure we had dated our ticket for that day before starting. We found some change times are tight. Some we made and a few we missed. (dragging baggage). So spent an hour relaxing on the station platform a couple of times. Not the end of the world. 5 minutes is doable in the right station. I checked the National rail web site before our trip and noted platform numbers I needed. (one of these was wrong- reason for an hours wait at Sheffield, but mostly they are correct)