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Bumper rail savings as CrossCountry freeze fares

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All 70,000 First Class and Standard Advance fares for journeys on CrossCountry's services are being frozen at their 2010 prices for customers booking tickets through crosscountrytrains.co.uk. Advance fares can be purchased for most journeys on CrossCountry's extensive range of services from Scotland to the South Coast and South West and from Wales to the Midlands and East Anglia. They are amongst the most popular rail fares sold by CrossCountry, with an average 60,000 customer making journeys using Advance fares each week.

CrossCountry offers an extensive range of great value Advance fares including Standard single journeys starting from as little as £29.00 from Birmingham to Edinburgh; £19.50 from Reading to Manchester, and £27.00 from Bristol to Newcastle.

Andy Cooper, CrossCountry's Managing Director said: "We are delighted to be offering our customers the chance to make real savings next year by holding the cost of some of our most popular tickets at 2010 prices. But you don't have to wait until January to buy your tickets, as these great value Advance fares are available to buy now for journeys up to 12 weeks ahead.

"People are continuing to reap the advantages of arranging their rail journeys online and our website is a place where you will always be able to find the cheapest available fare. Our January price freeze is just another great reason to check out our website before looking elsewhere if you want to save money on your rail journeys."

For more information please call the CrossCountry Press Office on 0121 2006115 or email


Notes to editors

CrossCountry started operating on 11 November 2007. The franchise, which is the most extensive in the UK, will run until 31 March 2016. For further information on CrossCountry services and future franchise plans log on to www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk.

CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group, which is owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading pan-European public transport operators with more than 42,000 employees and operations across 12 European countries. The link to Arriva is www.arriva.co.uk. The link to Deutsche Bahn is www.deutschebahn.com.

CrossCountry is now live on Facebook at facebook.com/crosscountrytrains.

Follow CrossCountry on Twitter via twitter.com/crosscountryuk.

CrossCountry facts and figures

STATIONS SERVED: 118
ROUTE MILES: 1,478
WEEKDAY SERVICES: 295
PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,600
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: 08.20 Aberdeen to Penzance (774 miles)

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