Tuesday, 24 January 2012

LondonMidland / Chiltern updates


The Great Escape is back and booking is open for travel between Saturday 4th and Sunday 19th February. Standard Class travel for a day is £15 (First Class where available £25). A voucher needs to be downloaded from the web site before tickets are purchased at either a station or on the train if boarding at an unstaffed station. Railcard discounts are applied - making the fares £9.90 and £16.50 respectively - and interestingly Family & Friends railcard discount is being applied to First as well as Standard Class tickets (the children travelling for £4 or £2 each).

From Birmingham New Street, the first train available for travel to London Euston (Monday to Friday) is the 0913 (arr Euston 1127). Travelling from Euston, the first train available for travel to Birmingham New Street (Monday to Friday) is the 0946 (arr New Street 1201) - there are NO evening peak restrictions for Birmingham passengers! As ever, there are no restrictions at weekends.

So yet again, LondonMidland offer brilliant fares BUT seem to hope that their long-suffering commuters will put up with the influx. I pity those travelling on the 17.13 / 18.13 / 19.13 fast services out of Euston, especially anyone who has paid has a First Class season ticket...

Chiltern Railways

The Business Zone upgrade vouchers are still being made available in Central Birmingham. Each voucher saves£20 on the 0619 and 0655 from Birmingham Moor Street, and the 1646 and 1807 from London Marylebone.

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