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Virgin Trains launches Summer seat sale

Press Release   •   Jul 17, 2013 15:57 BST

Up to 50,000 tickets are up for grabs at great value prices for travel in First Class with Virgin Trains over the Summer. Customers need to act fast because the sale ends on 23 July 2013.

It’s a great opportunity to experience all the added extras of First Class travel such as extra legroom, complimentary food and drink, complimentary Wi-Fi and power sockets at every seat.

The special fares are available on selected routes. Example First Class one way fares to/from London Euston are:

  • £18.50 - stations in the West Midlands (for example Coventry, Birmingham New Street)
  • £25.00 - Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent
  • £30.00 - stations in the North West (for example Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly)
  • £32.00 - stations in North Wales (for example Rhyl and Holyhead)
  • £34.00 - stations in Cumbria (for example Oxenholme Lake District, Penrith North Lakes)
  • £41.00 - stations in Scotland (for example Motherwell, Glasgow Central).

The special fares are available on selected Virgin Trains’ services only and are subject to availability. The offer is available for travel between 29 July 2013 and 1 September 2013. Railcard discounts do not apply to this promotion, but child discounts do apply.

Seat reservations are compulsory and free of charge for both outward and return journeys. Customers must travel on the trains and seats they reserve.

Details of the sale, including full terms and conditions, can be found on the Virgin Train’s website at: http://www.virgintrains.com/july-seat-sale. Bookings can also be made at Virgin Trains’ stations or by calling 0871 977 4222.

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Virgin Trains has revolutionised rail travel by creating a high speed, high frequency service that has cut journey times and made rail journeys more comfortable. It has operated the West Coast passenger train franchise since 1997, serving key UK cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Glasgow.

Virgin Trains is the brand name of Virgin Rail Group (VRG), which is owned 51 percent by Virgin Group and 49 percent by Stagecoach. The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded VRG a franchise contract, which started on 9 December 2012 and will run for up to 23 months. The DfT announced on 26 March 2013 a programme for letting future franchises, with the long-term West Coast franchise expected to start in April 2017.

Virgin Trains has been recognised in numerous awards. In September 2012 Business Traveller magazine readers voted the company the Best UK Domestic Rail Operator for the sixth year running. In 2011 the company was named Best Rail Operator in the Group Leisure Awards (which it also won in 2009 and 2010). In 2011 Virgin Trains won the British Quality Foundation's Achievement Award for Customer Satisfaction.

Customers consistently rate the company the top long-distance rail franchise operator, as measured by the National Passenger Survey (NPS) run by industry watchdog Passenger Focus. In the most recent NPS (Spring 2013) overall satisfaction was 92%, equalling our best ever score from the previous survey (Autumn 2012).

Virgin Trains first achieved Investors In People accreditation in 2007 and this was renewed in 2010; the IIP Gold award was achieved in 2011. In May 2013 Virgin Trains renewed it accreditation against the criteria of the European Foundation for Quality Management's (EFQM) Excellence Model, which it originally achieved in May 2011 The company’s Learning and Development team won a National Training Awards 2011 West Midlands award for its Coaching Culture programme.

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