Virgin trains cut fares in time for ChristmasBirmingham to London on Virgin trains for only £5

22 October 2008

A speeding train

Buying two single rail tickets can often be cheaper than buying a return

Christmas has come early for many Virgin Trains passengers as the company announces it has cut advance fares by up to 50%. Available now, the cheaper fares can be purchased for travel from mid-December, benefiting those visiting family and friends around the festive period.

 

Advance bookings


The cheaper fares are targeted at leisure travellers and must be booked in advance. Around 25,000 advanced fares are on offer across the Virgin network on weekdays and passengers will be keen to nab the best deals.


Cheaper than driving


The cheapest single Birmingham to London advance fare will be cut from £10.50 to £5 on selected weekday trains. At this price, travel works out at four-and-a-half-pence per mile, cheaper than the cost of driving at around 48 pence per mile - even for a family of four.


Virgin Trains Commercial Director Graham Leech said: 'Despite evidence that motorists are switching to cheaper public transport, delays on longer road journeys still exist. Motorists stuck in traffic jams just use up more fuel making their journey even more expensive, whilst also contributing to increased carbon emissions.


'We want to make rail the first choice for travel in the knowledge that it is environmentally friendly, whilst also making it cheap enough for people to continue to make leisure journeys, despite the recent increases in the cost of living.'


London routes reduced


Advance fares will also be reduced on other routes, including Liverpool to London from £8 (currently £13), Manchester to London from £8 (currently £13), Carlisle to London from £11.50 (currently £17.50), Lancaster to London from £10.50 (currently £16.50) and Glasgow to London from £12 (currently £18.50).


For more ways to reduce your travel costs visit our online advice page  '10 ways to cut the cost of domestic travel’

 

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