- government and rail industry launch nation’s biggest-ever rail cut aimed at cutting travel costs
- passengers can get the ‘next trip in a flash’ with savings of up to 50%
- over a million discounted tickets will help connect friends and family, boost UK tourism and encourage green travel across the country
More than a million rail tickets will be slashed by up to 50% as the government and industry launch the first UK Rail Deal.
The public is encouraged to take advantage of this unprecedented sale, the first time multiple operators have come together to offer nationwide savings.
Savings on low-ticket purchases 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: previously £25.30, now £12.60
- From Portsmouth Harbor to Penzance £45.70, now £22.00
Cutting the cost of rail travel will help alleviate some of the pressure on family finances at a time of rising inflation around the world.
It will also encourage people to visit different places, connect with friends and loved ones, and go out and visit all over the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
For the first time, rail operators are working together to help passengers cope with rising costs of living by offering up to 50% off discounts on more than a million tickets on journeys across the UK.
There’s no better time to visit friends, family or just explore our wonderful country, so book your tickets today.
Jacqueline Starr, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group, said:
We want everyone to be able to benefit from traveling by train because it’s not just a journey but a way to connect people with the people, places and things they love. .
As part of the Great British Rail Sale, customers will enjoy over a million discounted tickets, so they can explore some of the great places that are accessible by rail.
Tickets can be purchased online from participating retailers at up to half price for a wide range of off-peak tickets across the country.
Tickets are on sale from April 19, reducing fares for journeys from April 25 to May 27.
The Government is listening to people’s concerns about rising costs and is taking action worth more than £22 billion in 2022-23 alone – including helping with the cost of energy bills and to helps ensure people keep more of their money. Offering half the price of rail fares is one of the ways the government is providing extra support to families with the cost of living.
Railroad reforms through the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail mean network-wide ticketing could be easier in the future.