Club 55 and the 10th anniversary

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Arriva Trains Wales has announced that the Club 55 promotion has started. It has also announced that – to celebrate its 10th anniversary – it is offering a £5 single fare to anywhere on its network to its season ticket holders.

Its normal at this time of the year that we remind readers of the Club 55 promotion whereby those over 55 can have a discounted – £23 – return fare to anywhere on the train company’s network. Arriva doesn’t just service Wales. It can get you as far afield as Manchester, Birmingham, Hereford, Shrewsbury and Cheltenham. But because it has links with adjacent suppliers you can, by paying an add-on fare –get to London, Worcester and Liverpool as well. The promotion lasts until March 29th to purchase and use the outward bound portion of your ticket and the return must be by 5th April.

The great advantage of these fares is that you can buy them on the day of travel and still get the promotion so if one day looks to be ruined by bad weather, go the next day instead. Given that a turn-up-on the-day single ticket from, for example, Swansea to Manchester Piccadilly is £74.50, this is quite a saving. You can pre-book online as well. There are restrictions so click here for full details.

The anniversary celebration rewards season ticket owners only. To qualify a person must hold an adult monthly or longer season ticket, valid for travel within the period 5 January to 29 March 2014 between any two stations on the Arriva Trains Wales network. This offer is not available from a ticket vending machine or online so you have to go to a station and show your season ticket to take advantage of the offer. It also applies to 2 adults and up to 3 children per season ticket holder provided the season ticket holder is travelling with them. Click here for the restrictions.

East Coast has its £5 single fare promotion to anywhere on its network available this week for travel up to almost the end of March as well. ScotRail’s Cub 55 is open for booking but travel cannot start until 13 January. Their promotion runs until 31 March at the same rate as last year, £19 return. I expect that First Transpennine to announce their Club 55 promotions shortly.

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