paulinuk wrote:hi have to board ship at 12pm,train would be good but crazy price,have to my boss for a lift but means leaving car at work for 3 weeks,i might go to colchester and see what one of the nat express driver says [dummy run]when i show pass
Unfortunately, you will certainly be refused as a quick glance at the registered sections of National Express routes shows no sections listed from Colchester.
The list of sections on which passes may be used (subject to there being room on the coach) which are available is available here:http://www.buspassheaven.co.uk/nereg.pdf
If you mean 12pm (as in noon), there's no chance of getting there in time by National Express anyway as the first 484 from Colchester (0725), and a change at Victoria, does not get you into Southampton until 1345. If you meant midnight (12am), you could get the 484 from Colchester at 1540, with a 70 minute connection at Victoria, which would get you into Southampton at 2135.
You could get a National Express Route Sixty fare (half normal price) on both of these, just checking, the return Route Sixty fare is £32.
The train's a bit more complicated, but if you can confirm whether it is noon or midnight you mean, I'm sure I can get the price down a bit