Arriva offers affordable rail travel to passengers to and from Manchester Airport

Arriva Group train operators, CrossCountry and Northern, have announced plans to expand their range of mobile tickets (m-Tickets) and travel options to passengers travelling to and from Manchester Airport.

Effective from September 3, a full range of connectional Advance Tickets will be available direct to Manchester Airport, with connections at Manchester Piccadilly using Northern services. The new fares offer customers a cheaper way to plan their journeys to and from the airport, using m-Tickets bought on their phone. With the new -ticket facility, customers will also not have to queue for tickets at the station.

Liam Sumpter, Regional Director at Northern, said: ‘The new m-Tickets are a fantastic way for customers to save time and money on their journeys to and from Manchester Airport. As well as providing cheap advance fares, they will help customers plan their journeys better, with the added benefit of having tickets on customers’ mobile phones. We are delighted to be working with CrossCountry on this initiative to help make travelling and buying tickets easier for customers.’

Ben Simkin, Commercial Director at CrossCountry, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to provide customers travelling to and from Manchester Airport with easier and cheaper travel. The new m-Tickets mean customers will no longer need to queue at ticket machines and will also offer a new range of Advance fares that are available to and from the airport to a wide range of destinations along our route.’

Britain’s most geographical-extensive passenger rail franchise, CrossCountry’s network stretches from Aberdeen to Penzance and from Stansted to Cardiff, and calls at over 100 stations. Arriva Rail North Limited operates the Northern franchise and will run regional and commuter services across the region until March 2025.

Thomas Cook Apologises for Undelivered Olympic tickets

Thomas Cook Group Plc, a UK-based travel company, has made a public apology to its customers who will have to collect their tickets for the 2012 Olympics Games in person.

The company, which had promised to dispatch the tickets to sports fans through the post, has been unable to do so, and has requested that they personally collect the tickets hours before the event.

Since June 2012, the company has been offering ticket packages for the London 2012 Games, with stays at some of London’s best value hotels.

The London City breaks, celebrating the Games, were put on offer with the intention of capturing those last minute buyers that were interested in claiming tickets to both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Although customers paid a GBP5 delivery fee, around 200 of them were requested to pick up their tickets in person, as the company struggled due to delivery issues.

A statement on the company’s website, said, ‘Our priority is to ensure our customers take their seat at London 2012. Unfortunately, a very small proportion of our customers experienced a delay in receiving their tickets this week and after contacting them we’ve arranged collection from a choice of locations in London. We’d like to reiterate our apology to our customers and naturally we’re refunding any delivery charges.

If you’ve tried to contact us, please be assured that you’re query will be dealt with – we are prioritising those customers due to travel to London for the first week of the London 2012 Olympic Games.’


Thomas Cook Release More Options London 2012 Games Breaks

Thomas Cook Group, Plc, a UK-based travel company, is offering new ticket packages for the London 2012 Olympic Games, with stays at its best value hotels.

The London City breaks, celebrating the 2012 Olympics Games, were launched earlier in June 2012, and the company has added more options to the selection, in order to capture the last minute buyers that are intent on obtaining tickets for the games as part of an accommodation package.

The Games Breaks prices start at £79 for budget conscious travellers, and are currently also available without tickets included, for those travellers that already have tickets but want to acquire a cost-effective accommodation package.

Stephen Vaughan, the managing director of the Thomas Cook London 2012 Partnership, said, ‘These offers will not be around for long and we know they’ll sell out – the Opening Ceremony is two weeks on Friday and attention is well and truly focused on the Games as the British public now get behind Team GB.

This very special offer on some of our remaining Games Breaks is in response to what we know our customers want – the best seats at the game with the most affordable hotels.’

Olympic Athletics Finals Tickets are on offer, with the Athletics 100m Finals Hospitality Breaks available at £2,598, and including Category AA, A or B Olympic Athletics tickets; luxurious Central London accommodation; meals at some of the best London restaurants; breakfast at the hotel; coach travel to and from the Olympic Stadium; and a dedicated Games host to look after guests during the London 2012 experience.

More London 2012 Olympic Tickets Released Even As Sales Remain Slow

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), has announced that around 43,000 more contingency tickets for the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games, and six additional sports, will be offered to public from June 8, 2012.

Tickets for Athletics, Swimming, Football at Wembley, Volleyball, Table Tennis and Boxing sessions will be available on a first come, first served basis during this sale, at

Tickets for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies commence at £995. Tickets for other sports on offer are available within a price range of £20 to £720, across 96 sessions. The tickets may only be purchased using Visa debit, credit and prepaid cards.

While the LOCOG has reported that around eight million tickets have been sold for both Games, there are still around three million tickets remaining unsold, which include Olympic Football, Paralympic and remaining contingency tickets, meaning that spectators can still pick up their favourite event tickets, even at this late date.

LOCOG commercial director, Chris Townsend, said, ‘With 50 days to go there are still plenty of ways to join in and be part of London 2012. We are at advance stages of venue planning and these represent the final release of Ceremonies and other sport tickets.

Over the next few weeks we will release further tickets for other Olympic sports and keep people informed when tickets are available. We are delighted with ticket sales to date, and have sold another 1 million tickets in the last four weeks, prioritising people who were unsuccessful last time around.’

Thomas Cook Guarantee Seats at the London 2012 Games

With London 2012 fans now knowing if they’ve been successful in the ticket ballot, Thomas Cook, the travel company that offers holidays worldwide and Official Short Break Provider of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, continues to offer guaranteed seats at the Games.

A spokesperson for Thomas Cook UK & Ireland said, “Last week was our busiest so far – with people unlucky in the ballot visiting our website, calling our hotline and visiting our stores to secure themselves a seat at the Games.

“Although some events are selling out we still have limited availability in some of the most popular sports that have been oversubscribed in the ballot, as we continue to guarantee the public tickets and hotel rooms to this once in a lifetime event that simply aren’t available to purchase separately.”

To date, Thomas Cook’s most popular breaks are for one night with one or two events with the most popular sports being athletics, gymnastics, volleyball, and water polo.

Thomas Cook’s Games Break Plus option, which guarantees some of the best events tickets available, includes stays at London’s top hotels – many of which are not yet available to book separately for July or August 2012 – and a host of exclusive offerings, such as a fully hosted service, meals at quality London restaurants and private coach transfers.

For further information or to book any of the below or Going Places store:

Beach Volleyball – £99 per person27th July 20121 night at the 2 star Ibis London HeathrowBeach Volleyball – Cat E tickets Shooting & Hockey – £249 per person29th July 20122 nights at the Budget Travelodge Covent GardenMen’s Shooting Ground Pass – Cat A Tickets & Men’s Hockey Cat D tickets Basketball & Trampoline Final – £279 per person2nd August 20122 nights at the Budget Travelodge SouthwarkMen’s Basketball – Category D tickets, Men’s Gymnastics Trampoline Final – Category E tickets Athletics & Volleyball – £294 per person8th August 20121 night at the 4 star Holiday Inn Heathrow M4Athletics & Men’s Volleyball Quarter Final – Both Cat D Tickets Diving – £299 per person10th August 20121 night at the 4 star Holiday Inn Heathrow M4Men’s 10m Diving Platform Prelims – Cat C Tickets – Code 1135 Water Polo & Beach Volleyball – £359 per person29th July 20122 nights at the 3 star Express by Holiday Inn Park RoyalMen’s Water Polo & Beach Volleyball – Cat C Tickets Athletics & Beach Volleyball – £669 per person2nd August 20122 nights at the 4 star Marriott Marble ArchAthletics – Cat B Tickets, Beach Volleyball Round 16 – Cat B Tickets