Northern Rail is selling thousands of train tickets for 5p and 10p in flash sale – iNews

Northern Rail has put thousands of tickets to places across the north of England on sale for just 10p each.

More than 50 destinations are included in the flash sale, including routes to Manchester, York and Liverpool.

According to the company, over 80,000 tickets are currently being sold at a rate of 10p for adults and 5p for those under 15.

Selected journeys in September are available to book through the company’s website, but they are quickly being snapped up.

Tickets selling fast

Passengers can book tickets for just 10p through the Northern Rail website or app. (PA)

Only a limited amount are available and will be handed out on a first come first served basis.

Tickets are not available to buy from stations and must be booked in advance through the Northern Rail website or the Northern app.

Manchester Airport is one of the most popular destinations on offer, but journeys to Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield are also being bought for 10p.

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David Brown, Northern’s Managing Director, said: “We had an exciting start to the summer with the launch of our first brand new trains. And we continued the great news for customers with the first Pacer retiring.

“Now, with better trains already on the network, we want to celebrate the end of summer with an offer that gives thousands of people outstanding value travel.”

Rising rail fares

The sale was announced just days after it was revealed rail commuters face an increase in season ticket costs next year of almost three per cent.

A 2.8 per cent rise in season ticket prices would lead to an increase of more than £100 in the annual cost of getting to work for many commuters.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he was “not delighted” about increasing rail fares.

Northern Rail is selling thousands of train tickets for 5p and 10p in flash sale - iNews
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has been under fire over the recent rail fair rises. (Getty)

Research by passenger watchdog Transport Focus shows that fewer than a third (30 per cent) of rail commuters are satisfied with the value for money of their ticket.

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The organisation’s director, David Sidebottom, said: “Transport Focus believes it’s time for a fairer, clearer fares formula based on calculations that use the Consumer Prices Index, rather than the discredited Retail Price Index.

“After recent disruption and a lot of misery over last winter, rail operators still have a great deal to improve.”

Northern Rail has been under fire following a string of timetable disruptions and strikes last summer.

In August last year, former Prime Minister Theresa May was urged to intervene after the disruption reportedly drained the economy of £38 million.

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