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Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern passengers can enjoy a free three-month subscription. More images available below.
Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern passengers can enjoy a free three-month subscription. More images available below.

Press release -

Fast track your return to the commute & travel this summer with a Readly digital subscription

Three months FREE magazine and newspaper reading for Thameslink, Southern & Great Northern passengers.

Readly, the European leader in digital magazine and newspaper subscriptions, has teamed up with the UK’s largest rail operator to celebrate travel returning by offering commuters, day-trippers and holidaymakers free unlimited digital magazine and newspaper reading.

With the commute back on, day trips in the diary once again and summer holidays fast approaching, passengers travelling on Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern trains can sit back and enjoy the ride as Readly is offering Govia Thameslink Railway customers a free three-month subscription to its portfolio of titles.

Whether it’s reading about holidays, travel, business, food, news, sport, finance or fashion, Readly, the digital magazine and newspaper app with over 5,000 titles, has all your favourite titles and many more to try out too via your iPad or mobile.

A recent YouGov survey showed that one in three (33%) people are looking forward to more travel such as holidays, day trips and weekend breaks as restrictions ease*.

Readly has a magazine and newspaper for every train journey guaranteed to entertain, inspire and educate you as you travel into the office, to the beach or out on a day trip or holiday. And what’s better, as the subscription allows five users per household, your family can read their favourite titles too - perfect for a little peace and quiet!

“As people begin to return to the railway following a difficult year, we’re delighted to be partnering with Readly to offer our customers the chance to enjoy unlimited magazines and newspapers on their next train journey. Whether they’re heading into the office, or enjoying a day trip to the beach, travelling by train is a great way to relax and enjoy some “me-time”, and what better way to do that, than by getting stuck into a good read.” says Emma Wiles, Head of Marketing at GTR

“The regular commute and train travel have always been popular times to read magazines and newspapers, so it’s great to see it return as restrictions ease and people are able to travel again. We are therefore delighted to be partnering with Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern to entertain, inspire and inform people on the move as they journey across the UK to their destinations this summer and give them the opportunity to read the broad portfolio of titles on Readly's service. Together we’re bringing back train travel reading as the perfect form of entertainment!” says Rob Hanlon, Global Partnerships Director at Readly

Readly offers unlimited "all-you-can-read” access to over 5,000 digital magazines and newspapers in one app for £7.99 a month. During 2020 over 140,000 issues of magazines were distributed and read 99 million times on Readly.

To claim the Readly special offer of a free, three-month subscription, customers simply need to sign up to receive eNews updates from either Southern, Thameslink or Great Northern by 1 August. Those who sign up to receive eNews after 1 August will receive a two-month subscription for free, all offers will end on 19 September. To get the best deal, magazine fans shouldn’t hang around!

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Notes to editors

About the Research:

*The survey was conducted by YouGov. A total sample of 2,141 Brits over the age of 18 during the period 17-20 June 2021.

About Readly:
Readly is a digital subscription service that lets customers have unlimited access to nearly 5,000 national and international magazine titles - all in one app. Founded by Joel Wikell in Sweden in 2012, Readly is today one of the leading companies in digital magazine subscriptions in Europe with users in 50 markets. In collaboration with around 900 publishers worldwide, Readly is digitizing the magazine industry. Our purpose is to bring the magic of magazines into the future, enabling the discovery and survival of quality content. During 2020 Readly distributed more than 140,000 issues of magazines that have been read 99 million times.



For more information, contact the press office on 0203 750 2031.

Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:

  • Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London and Sevenoaks
  • Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn
  • Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)
  • Gatwick Express – fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria

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