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22 Jan 2024

Great British Rail Sale - up to 50% off Southeastern Advance tickets

  • Confirmation of details of Great British Rail Sale for Southeastern customers

The Department for Transport has issued the press release below, regarding the Great British Rail Sale.

As a result of strike action being taken on the Southeastern network on Tuesday 30 January - Southeastern has made a small change to the dates on which discounted journeys can be made.

For Southeastern customers, Great British Rail Sale tickets are on sale between Tuesday 23 January and Monday 29 January 2024 (inclusive) for journeys made from Thursday 1 February to Friday 15 March 2024 (inclusive).

Great British Rail Sales tickets can be purchased via the Southeastern app or website. Booking fees do not apply when you buy directly from Southeastern. 

So, why not take the opportunity to visit one of the great destinations on the Southeastern network with the Great British Rail Sale!

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The Great British Rail Sale returns: discounts on over a million rail tickets

  • The week-long sale starts on Tuesday, slashing rail ticket prices on many routes over six weeks
  • Comes as Government seeks to reform the railways and bring more passengers back to the rail network
  • Offers on journeys on thousands of popular routes across England and Wales

Passengers will have from 23 to 29 January to claim up to 50% off selected Advance and Off-Peak rail tickets, through the Great British Rail Sale.

Over a million discounted tickets will be available to destinations across England and Wales, as well as on cross-border trips into Scotland, for journeys taking place between 30 January and 15 March.

Whether it’s a city break, family holiday or countryside escape, passengers are encouraged to make the most of this sale to get to popular destinations across the country.

Popular journeys passengers could claim savings on tickets for include:

  • Portsmouth to Penzance – was £43 now* £21
  • Birmingham to Bristol – was £30.60 now £15.30
  • Manchester to Leeds – was £8.60 now £4.30
  • Leicester to Sheffield – was £7.30 now £3.60

The Government is committed to helping families with the cost of living, and working with industry to offer up to half price rail tickets will not only boost tourism and encourage sustainable travel, but also help connect friends and families across the UK.

This follows a significant intervention to cap this year’s rail fare increase at 4.9%, considerably below the 9% July’s retail price index figure on which they are historically based.

This comes as the Government delivered its commitment to halve inflation by the end of last year – helping to keep travel costs lower in the long term.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said:

“The return of the Great British Rail Sale is good news for passengers, following the success of the previous sale which saw passengers benefit from around £7m in savings on their travel costs.

“With discounts on more than a million tickets, there'll be plenty of opportunity to connect with friends and family and explore great destinations across the country – I hope passengers make the most of this sale and choose to travel by rail."

Jacqueline Starr, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group said:

“Train travel is the greenest way to explore our towns and cities as well as connect with your family and friends because nothing beats being there in person for those special moments.

“Following the success of the Great British Rail Sale in 2022, we are really excited that it’s coming back, and customers will be able to once again purchase over a million Advance ticket fares starting on 23rd January 2024 and enjoy what rail has to offer.”

The Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT) estimate that the first Great British Rail Sale in 2022 saw passengers save around £7m on rail tickets and encouraged around 70,000 adults who hadn’t travelled by train since the pandemic to take a trip**.

The Government and industry are therefore launching a second Great British Rail Sale to save passengers money and get more people using our railways.

The Great British Rail Sale is just one way the Government is seeking to improve rail passengers' experience, with LNER launching a pilot scheme for Simpler Fares earlier this week, removing the complex web of ticket types and replacing them with options that are simpler, more flexible and better suit passengers’ needs.

Suzanne Donnelly, Passenger Revenue Director at GBRTT, said:

“I’m delighted the rail industry has, once again, come together to deliver another huge round of savings on tickets for passengers.

“At GBRTT, we are focussed on driving initiatives that will boost the number of rail journeys people make to reduce the cost of running the railway for taxpayers, whilst providing value for money for customers. The Great British Rail Sale is just one example of what can be achieved through a one railway, joined-up approach.”

Sale tickets will start to become available from midnight on Tuesday 23 January. The Rail Delivery Group will host a central webpage helping customers find the best deals, and tickets can also be found on all ticket retailer websites, for journeys taking place between 30 January and 15 March. Only a limited number of tickets are available, and no further sale tickets will go on offer once sold out.

Operators are not offering sale tickets on days where their services might be impacted by the strikes announced by ASLEF on 15 and 18 January 2024.

Notes to Editors

  • *From Tuesday 23rd January 2024
  • The savings quoted are against a typical advance purchase ticket, as these tickets vary in price the exact savings may be more or less compared to what a passenger usually purchases.
  • **This is estimated by GBRTT using survey data from RDG and scaled using YouGov data.
  • Travel periods may differ across operators, with few or no tickets available on days impacted by industrial action and more made available on days unaffected by industrial action.

Contact information

Andrew Commons

Head of External Communications

Southeastern Railway

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