Club 55 time again

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Arriva Trains Wales

Arriva Trains Wales

Just as night follows day, travellers can be assured that come the autumn, the Club 55 offers re-appear and this autumn is no exception.

Many readers will know to what I refer but as a quick summary, this promotion allows those over aged 55 to travel at a set fare anywhere within the rail system run by the particular railway company involved. You don’t have to book in advance, (although you can) just turn up on the day and you can buy the fare at the station or on the train from the guard.

So far two companies, Arriva Trains Wales and First Transpennine have announced their schemes but no word yet from ScotRail. The Arriva offer has already started and runs until October 23rd although tickets will still be valid until the end of October. First Transpennine’s starts on the 14th of September and lasts until the 15th of November.

The fare charged by Arriva is £23 return for anywhere on its network (which can include Birmingham if you travel on the Cambrian Coast line, Cheltenham and Manchester. There are bolt-on fares with other rail companies such as Chiltern, Northern Rail and London Midland which enable you to go further afield as well. There are restrictions on some services about arriving before certain times so do check the small print.


trains in the pennines

First Trans Pennine

First Transpennine’s fare is £19 return if you travel across the north of England  – and that includes places like Newcastle, Scarborough, Grimsby, Hull, Blackpool and the Lake District but £29 if you want to go to Scotland. Again you can buy on the train or at the station but if you buy online and have a Nectar card you will get points as well.

A few points to remember. These fares may not be the cheapest for where you want to go especially if you can book in advance or are travelling short distances so check first. Secondly take some ID with you that shows how old you are or you may be charged the normal fare.

It seems that the Arriva Trains promotion is ending earlier this year so maybe the promotion is becoming so popular – or the trains are so full – that they don’t need to run the promotion during November which will be a disappointment to many travellers.

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