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The Great British Rail Sale returns tomorrow with over a million discounted tickets across England, Wales and on cross-border trips into Scotland

Over a million discounted train tickets will be available to destinations across England, Wales and on cross-border trips into Scotland.

From tomorrow (January 23) until January 29, passengers will be able to claim up to 50% off selected Advance and Off-Peak rail tickets, through the Great British Rail Sale.

The discounted tickets, either be it a city break, family holiday or countryside escape, are for journeys taking place between January 30 and March 15.

Train ticket prices at the machine. Photo: Ellis Karran
Train ticket prices at the machine. Photo: Ellis Karran

The UK Government is working with the industry to offer up to half price rail tickets to boost tourism, encourage sustainable travel and help connect friends and families across the UK.

This follows an intervention to cap this year’s rail fare increase at 4.9% considerably below the 9% July’s retail index figure on which they are historically based.

Transport secretary Mark Harper said: “The return of the Great British Rail Sale is good news for passengers, following the success of the previous sale which saw passengers benefit from around £7m in savings on their travel costs.

“With discounts on more than a million tickets, there'll be plenty of opportunity to connect with friends and family and explore great destinations across the country.

“I hope passengers make the most of this sale and choose to travel by rail."

Jacqueline Starr, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group said: “Train travel is the greenest way to explore our towns and cities as well as connect with your family and friends because nothing beats being there in person for those special moments.

“Following the success of the Great British Rail Sale in 2022, we are really excited that it’s coming back, and customers will be able to once again purchase over a million Advance ticket fares starting on January 23, 2024 and enjoy what rail has to offer.”

The Great British Railways Transition Team estimate that the first Great British Rail Sale in 2022 saw passengers save around £7m on rail tickets and encouraged around 70,000 adults who hadn’t travelled by train since the pandemic to take a trip.

Only a limited number of tickets are available, and no further sale tickets will go on offer once sold out.

Suzanne Donnelly, passenger revenue director at Great British Railways Transition Team said: “I’m delighted the rail industry has, once again, come together to deliver another huge round of savings on tickets for passengers.

“At GBRTT, we are focussed on driving initiatives that will boost the number of rail journeys people make to reduce the cost of running the railway for taxpayers, whilst providing value for money for customers. The Great British Rail Sale is just one example of what can be achieved through a one railway, joined-up approach.”

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