Virgin Trains, a UK-based train operator, has announced a sale of its standard class fares.
The company is offering up to 50,000 Virgin Trains seats at discounted prices, with prices commencing from £5.50 for a journey between London and Birmingham. The offer is running until January 19, 2012, on a first come, first served basis.
The tickets are for travel between January 21, and March 17, 2013, and may also be purchased online.
The company will be operating around 106 extra carriages on its services, which will add around 30 percent more seats in Standard Class.
Some of the bargain fares include one-way fares from London to Manchester for £10.00; Liverpool £10.00, North Wales £11.00, The Lake District £13.00, and Glasgow £17.00. The tickets on offer are for travel to or from London.
Virgin Trains claims to offer a high speed, high frequency service, and operates the West Coast passenger train franchise via the UK cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Glasgow. Since its contract expired in 2012, the train company is currently operating the West Coast services on a short-term contract, while the UK government prepares for a fresh round of the bidding process.
Previously, Tony Collins, the chief executive of Virgin Rail Group, the parent company of Virgin Trains, said, ‘I’m delighted that we have an agreement with the Department for Transport that gives us the chance to continue providing high quality services to our customers. We have had great support from staff and customers in recent months and we will repay that loyalty with even better service.
We will not be sitting back in the coming months, but are keen to introduce more improvements to the service, which is already the most popular long-distance service in the country. We are proud of what we have achieved since 1997, but there is undoubtedly more to come and we will work closely with the Department for Transport to bring even better services in future.’