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New Virgin Trains-only fares offer great deals for days out

Press release   •   May 24, 2010 23:00 BST

Cost-conscious mums and dads as well as commuters will be delighted to hear that Virgin Trains are slashing the cost of rail travel between Stafford and Runcorn and Stafford and Liverpool, by almost a quarter. This comes as good news to those who are looking to reduce their travel costs. From May 23, a new range of Virgin Train-only walk-up fares will be introduced, which will undercut the normal fares on the route.

A standard open return between Stafford and Runcorn as well as between Stafford and Liverpool, will fall by nearly 40%, and a first class open return between Stafford and Liverpool will fall by over 20%. A standard open single ticket from Stafford to Runcorn will cost £18 - £5 less than before, and a first class single ticket from Stafford to Liverpool will cost £22 - £6 less. The new lower priced tickets will be valid for travel only on Virgin Trains services only, but will offer a substantial saving over the current tickets which can be used on all services on the route.
With Spring upon us and Summer fast approaching visitors will be spoilt for choice when looking for things to do in Liverpool. For Art fans - between May 21 and August 30 the Tate Liverpool will be exhibiting Picasso: Peace and Freedom. 60 key paintings will be displayed related to war and peace from 1944-1973.

For theatre fans the Liverpool Empire begins a great season of shows with One Night In Istanbul from the May 17-29. Shortly after the Echo Arena will be showing Mama Mia from June 3-30.
For those looking for a day outside of Liverpool - guided walks are available to thrill seekers in Stafford. Visitors can discover the interesting buildings, characters, crimes, and the secrets and ghosts of Stafford past! Discount vouchers are available to groups for use in the town centre shops on the day of your visit. The walks are provided by Stafford Borough Council and cost £3.00 per head.

For history fans visiting Runcorn, Halton Castle situated on the top of Halton Hill, offers special events and tours. You can have a walk around the outside of the Castle and stop at the Castle Pub for refreshments. The Castle is one of only two surviving Norman Castles in Cheshire.

Says Anita Walczak, Group Station Manager at Virgin Trains: "We know that in the current economic climate everyone is looking to make savings. This is our contribution for travellers between Stafford and Runcorn and between Stafford and Liverpool. The new ticket prices offer a great incentive for people travelling to these destinations”

The full range of Virgin Trains-only fares is:
Stafford-Runcorn/Runcorn to Stafford
First Class Anytime Return £42
First Class Anytime Single £21
Standard Anytime Return £20.50
Standard Anytime Single £18
Standard Off Peak Return £13
Standard Off Peak Single £12.80
First Class seven day season £91.50
Standard seven day season £60


Stafford-Liverpool/Liverpool to Stafford
First Class Anytime Return £44
First Class Anytime Single £22
Standard Anytime Return £22
Standard Anytime Single £18.50
Standard Off Peak Return £18.50
Standard Off Peak Single £17.50
First Class seven day season £93
Standard seven day season £64

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