Rail operator Avanti West Coast drops peak restrictions over Christmas

Mainline rail travellers will not face peak time restrictions over Christmas after Avanti West Coast announced its plans for the festive season today.

By Brian Ellis
Saturday, 28th November 2020, 11:52 am
Avanti West Coast took over from Virgin last December.
Avanti West Coast took over from Virgin last December.

The inter-city operator, which took over from Virgin last December, has decided to withdraw its peak fares to give customers more flexibility and help maintain social distancing onboard its trains.

The new system will apply from Friday December 18 to the end of the year.

All ticket types, including the cheapest Advance tickets, for travel dates until the end of the year have now gone on sale and the company says customers are strongly advised to plan ahead, as well as make a seat reservation for their journey.

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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.

The company says it has an enhanced cleaning regime on its trains and at stations to keep customers 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.”

For more details visit: https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/help-and-support/christmas-2020-travel-information