Rail operator launches new cheaper First Class tickets
RAIL passengers travelling from Peterborough can get first class treatment for a little less thanks to a new fare being introduced by operators East Coast.
The rail company has launched a new, cheaper first class fare called First Advance for customers travelling between July 1 and August 26 who buy their tickets online.
But customers hoping to take advantage of the new fares need to be quick as the 100,000 First Advance tickets are only available to book until tomorrow.
East Coast commercial director Peter Williams said: “The new First Advance fare gives passen- gers, who usually travel in standard accomodation, the opportunity to sample all the benefits of premium travel at a new lower price.
“We hope that customers who try our first class travel after buying tickets through this great value for money fare will be encouraged to travel first class in the future.”
First class passengers on East Coast trains are entitled to chef-prepared meals from the train’s restaurant, complimentary drinks and snacks as well as more seat and leg room.
The First Advance tickets from Peterborough are up to 13 per cent cheaper than the previous cheapest first class tickets.
A First Advance single to King’s Cross in London costs £19.50 compared to normal first class fare of £23.50.
On some services, the fares work out at only £3 more expensive than standard class single tickets.
East Coast operates 136 weekday services along the East Coast mainline, which runs between London and Scotland and through Peterborough.
For more information about the lower price fares that are available and to book tickets for the service, visit the operator East Coast website at www.eastcoast.co.uk.