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Virgin Trains scraps peak time restrictions on Fridays until October

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

Virgin Trains is extending its promotion scrapping peak time restrictions out of London Euston on Fridays.

It means customers who buy an off-peak ticket won’t need to wait for the start of the off-peak period on a Friday evening to travel.

The initial promotion ran between 20 July and 31 August but is now available until 26 October.

The rail network said the deal has enabled thousands of people to cut the cost of spontaneous weekend travel by more than £100.

While the cheapest tickets are always available in advance, the promotion means people who decide to travel on the spur of the moment can secure a cheaper off-peak ticket any time after 9.30am on a Friday, instead of waiting until the normal start of the off-peak period at 7pm.

For a customer turning up at Euston Station at 4pm and travelling on the next train to Manchester, the cost of a walk-up fare drops by £125.55.

Sarah Copley, commercial director at Virgin Trains, said: “The nights may be getting shorter and the temperature gradually dropping but we want to keep summer going by extending this promotion and making spontaneous travel easier in September and October too.”

Potential savings:

Birmingham £60.50
Chester £94.55
Coventry £53.50
Glasgow £111.25
Liverpool £115.55
Manchester £125.55
Preston £129.25
Stafford £75.20
Stoke-on-Trent £105.20

(Based on return journey using Anytime ticket outbound and Off-Peak ticket return vs. Off-Peak ticket both ways.)