Are Britain’s railway companies finally waking up to the notion of customer service? We say this because several, including Virgin Trains, are entering into the spirit of Christmas and offering discounted tickets.
Yes, you read that right. Discounted train tickets. Apparently, the best day to book them this month will be on Friday 24th November when their equivalent of the Christmas Sales start.
Tickets will start from as low as £5 for those booking during the winter sale, for journeys made between Monday 18 December 2017 and Sunday 14 January 2018.
Some tickets will be discounted by more than 50 per cent, including a London to Manchester Standard Class ticket, which the train operator claims originally costs £23 and will now cost £11.
Further, the ever optimistic Virgin marketing team claim for those looking to travel on Christmas Eve, Christmas or Boxing Day, ‘you’re in luck’. ‘Discounted tickets will be available for all three days, meaning you can visit both sides of the family on opposite sides of the country if you need to’.
Well yes and no. And they don’t spell out what sort of luck you’ll have. Being more Scrooge like, we say it’s more likely to be bad luck than good luck, given how few trains will actually run then.
In fact National Rail has warned that nearly all the train operators have made very early announcements of significant engineering work and timetable changes over Christmas, including ‘CrossCountry, Gatwick Express, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Heathrow Connect, Heathrow Express, London Overground, Southeastern, Southern, TfL Rail, Thameslink and Virgin Trains’.
Wait, was that Virgin Trains we saw tacked on the end of the list there?
We think the Virgin marketing team might have got stuck into the Christmas sherry a bit early this year.