Wednesday 20 April 2022 5:55 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON April 20: The price of over one million rail tickets will be slashed by up to 50 per cent as the government and rail industry launch the first-of-its-kind Great British Rail Sale.
The promotion only applies to tickets for travel from 25 April to 27 May, with tickets available to buy until 2 May.
Tickets go on sale from 19 April with discounted tickets available on journeys from 25 April to 27 May, said a press note from the UK government.
One of criticism is that this means the offer will have ended by the time many schools break up for May half term. And it will also miss the four-day UK bank holiday weekend from 2 to 5 June, which will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
But Labour’s shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh said the discounts this spring will be “small comfort to passengers” after years of “soaring fares”.
“A decade of brutal Tory fare hikes have priced people off our railways,” she said.
“This temporary respite will be small comfort to passengers who had thousands taken out of their pockets from soaring fares since 2010. And the decision to end the sale just before half-term will mean many families face the same punishing costs over the holidays.”
Savings on offer for off-peak tickets include:
York to Leeds: was £5.60, now £2.80
London to Edinburgh: was £44, now £22
London to Cardiff: was £47, now £25
Wolverhampton to Liverpool: was £10.50, now £5.25
Manchester to Newcastle: was £20.60, now £10.30
Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads: was £25.30, now £12.60
Portsmouth Harbour to Penzance was £45.70, now £22.00
According to UK government press note, cutting the cost of rail travel will help ease some of the pressure on family finances at a time when inflation is rising around the world. It will also encourage people to visit different places, connect with friends and loved ones, and get out and about around the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “For the first time ever, operators across the rail industry are coming together to help passengers facing rising costs of living by offering up to 50% off more than a million tickets on journeys across Britain. There’s no better time to visit friends, family or just explore our great country, so book your tickets today.
Jacqueline Starr, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “We want everyone to be able to benefit from travelling by train because it’s more than just a journey, it’s a way to connect everyone to the people, places and things they love. As part of the Great British Rail Sale customers will enjoy over one million discounted tickets, so they can explore some of the fantastic locations that are accessible by rail. Tickets can be purchased online from participating retailers with the up to half-price rate applying to a huge range of off-peak tickets spreading the length and breadth of the country.
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