Great British Rail Sale ends on a high with more than 1.3 million tickets sold
total tickets sold would cover a ticket journey to the sun – 128,250,000 miles
first of its kind sale offered massive savings for travellers struggling with the cost of living
With more tickets sold than the entire population of Britain’s second-largest city, Birmingham, the Great British Rail Sale has been a runaway success. Through this first-of-its-kind sale, this spring will see over 128 million miles of discounted journeys travelled on UK railways.
This first-ever industry-wide sale saw more than one million rail tickets slashed by up to 50%, saving passengers over £7 million (or 15,000 years’ worth of takeaways). The total distance of the journeys sold would create a rail trip from the Earth to the sun and beyond, boldly going where no train has gone before.
The average price of tickets was around £7.50 during the sale and the most popular routes have been:
Newcastle to York
London to Nottingham
Oxford to London Paddington
London to Sheffield
Cambridge to London
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
The Great British Rail has been unprecedented in its scale, and equally unprecedented in its success.
It has been fantastic to see so many of you jumping at the chance to head out onto our brilliant railway network, reconnecting with loved ones and exploring your favourite places across the country.
The whole rail family has come together to help passengers facing rising costs of living by saving hard-working people millions on their journeys across Britain this spring.
Jacqueline Starr, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group, said:
The average annual spend on takeaways is £450.
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