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With a weekend of fun filled late nights with little sleep, the train is the perfect traffic and hassle free way to travel to and from the festival! The atmosphere on the way there is always lively and our quiet coaches offer a place to recover and relax on your way home. With the option to choose your seats, groups of friends can travel together no matter how big the party.

There are only a limited number of advanced tickets available for each journey so log on to early and don't miss out!

CrossCountry will take festival goers direct to both Reading and Leeds from all over the country, with 219 services passing through the cities every day.

Direct services to Reading are available from a variety of locations including Birmingham, Coventry, Oxford, Manchester, Southampton and Bournemouth. Direct routes to Leeds are available from Newcastle, York, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham and Bristol.

Through the award-winning website, revellers can book ANY rail journey, with ANY train operator for anywhere in Britain with NO booking fee.

So festival goers, check out your travel search engine - - for the best book-in-advance deals for any rail journey in Britain.

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

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Arriva is one of the largest private sector providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing more than 43,500 people (including share of associate companies) and providing more than one billion passenger journeys every year.

Arriva provides transport services including buses, trains, commuter coaches and water buses, and operates in 12 European countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

CrossCountry facts and figures

PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,600

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