Avanti West Coast removes Peak fares during Christmas
Peak fares to be withdrawn to give customers greater flexibility and help maintain social distancing onboard trains.
- Train operator announces removal of Peak restrictions during festive season
- All ticket types, including cheapest Advance tickets, now on sale for customers
- Move designed to give greater flexibility and maintain social distancing
Avanti West Coast has announced that it will be removing its Peak restrictions over the Christmas period.
From Friday, 18 December to the end of the year, the inter-city operator will be withdrawing Peak fares to give customers greater flexibility and help maintain social distancing onboard its trains.
All ticket types, including the cheapest Advance tickets, for travel dates until the end of the year have now gone on sale and customers are strongly advised to plan ahead as well as make a seat reservation for their journey.
Avanti West Coast is currently operating with limited capacity to help with social distancing. Services will also finish earlier on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and start later on 27 December and New Year’s Day.
Tickets for the Christmas period are on sale from today! We've scrapped Peak restrictions between 18 December and 1 January to make sure you can travel safely 🎅 https://t.co/JyqCgAYKSR pic.twitter.com/0XWTsWZEWb— Avanti West Coast (@AvantiWestCoast) November 28, 2020
Alongside the rest of the railway industry, Avanti West Coast has an enhanced cleaning regime on its trains and at stations to keep customers and staff safe, with a focus on all high touch point areas such as door buttons, grab handles, tables, and equipment.
An Avanti West Coast spokesperson said: “From 18 December, we’re moving all our services to Off-Peak fares to help the Christmas getaway – making it cheaper for everyone to see their loved ones over the festive season.
“The advice remains the same so you can travel with confidence - plan ahead, make a reservation and travel at quieter times, if you can. When making your journey, wear a face covering unless you are exempt, carry hand sanitiser and follow social distancing guidance.”
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About Avanti West Coast
Avanti West Coast, operator of intercity rail services on the West Coast Main Line, is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, delivering a cleaner, greener railway that drives the West Coast forward.
We’re on a mission to revolutionise train travel, linking together the towns and major cities of the UK to create an iconic railway the country can be proud of. We’ve got big plans including a fleet of new intercity trains, as well as the complete refurbishment of the existing Pendolino train fleet. There will be more train services every week by 2022 with new routes added, and a much-improved onboard service with enhanced free Wi-Fi, plug sockets, 25,000 brand new seats and improved catering. Since 8 December, passengers have benefited from improved passenger compensation, available for journeys delayed by just 15 minutes.