Over 55s set to enjoy cheaper rail fares with FirstGroup

The UK’s largest rail company, FirstGroup, today revealed that its hugely popular Club 55 – a discounted, walk up and go rail travel offer for people aged 55 and over – is to return this year.

From 19 September over 55s can travel on all of FirstGroup’s train operating companies, First Great Western, ScotRail, First TransPennine Express, First Hull Trains and First Capital Connect, for just £20 return (£19 for ScotRail services) or if travelling First Class £35 return (£26 for ScotRail services).

More than 225,000 return tickets were sold in 2010 through the Club 55 offer.

FirstGroup is predicting that this year even more passengers will take advantage of the offer, which runs until 20 November 2011 in England and Wales and until 30 November 2011 for ScotRail services.

Leo Goodwin Commercial Director at First TransPennine Express, one of FirstGroup’s rail franchises, said:

“Club 55 was an overwhelming success in 2010 as customers took advantage of our cheap fares. We sold more than 225,000 return tickets and fully expect demand to be even greater in 2011.”

In England and Wales, Club 55 will have four travel zones – with tickets starting from £20 return and then £15 for each extra zone.

In Scotland, the offer allows return travel between any two stations across the country including Carlisle and Berwick-upon-Tweed – for £19 return or £26 First Class.

To book tickets or for more information visit the website.



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