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Virgin Trains passengers get 20% off Glasgow Comedy Festival

Press Release   •   Feb 03, 2014 12:58 GMT

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February 3, Glasgow

You’re having a laugh... Virgin Trains’ passengers get 20% off Advance fares to Glasgow International Comedy Festival

We think our customers need some light hearted entertainment.

So to celebrate becoming the official travel partner of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival we’re offering 20% off our Advance tickets to travel to and from the Festival, valid up to 9 people in a group.

416 shows, 46 venues, 23 days... The UK’s finest comedians will be flocking to Glasgow with household names such as Miranda Hart, Sarah Millican, Rory Bremner and Dorothy Paul lining up alongside Scotland’s best including Fred MacAulay, Jerry Sadowitz, Raymond Mearns, Des Clarke, Janey Godley and Susan Calman.

Now in its 12th year, the festival has rapidly become one of the most celebrated fixtures on the international comedy circuit and this year runs from March 14 to April 5.

With 21 trains a day operating in each direction between London and Glasgow, Virgin Trains offers the perfect way to travel in style and comfort to the festival, typically taking just 4hr, 32min.

Tickets for shows and trains are selling quickly. Purchase your Comedy Festival Tickets and get 20% off your Virgin Trains Advance train fare at

“Glasgow is a really important destination for Virgin Trains and we’re proud to have been serving Scotland for the past 17 years. So much so we’ve increased capacity into Scotland with an extra 3,000 seats a day! Glasgow has a fun, welcoming atmosphere with a fantastic sense of humour. As a result we couldn't resist working with the Glasgow International Comedy Festival on their 12th season," said Adrian Varma, Partnerships and Region Marketing Manager.  

Sarah Watson, Festival Manager, added: “We’ve got a great festival planned this year and our partnership with Virgin Trains offers the public the perfect opportunity for the public to travel to Glasgow in style, arriving refreshed and up for a laugh.

“With more and more each year people travelling from all over the UK to attend the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the 20% off offer is an added incentive for people living on the Virgin Train network.”

For more information, contact the Virgin Trains Press Desk: 0845 000 3333

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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 was initially due to run for up to 23 months. The Transport Secretary announced on 26 March 2013 that it will be extended until April 2017, when a new long-term West Coast franchise is expected to start..

Virgin Trains has been recognised in numerous awards. In October 2013 Business Traveller magazine readers voted the company the Best UK Domestic Rail Operator for the seventh 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 (Autumn 2013) overall satisfaction was 91%, meaning the company has remained unbeaten over nine successive surveys in the long-distance franchise category.

Virgin Trains first achieved Investors In People accreditation in 2007 and this was renewed in 2010; the IIP Gold award was achieved in 2011 and again in October 2013. In May 2013 Virgin Trains renewed its 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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