Rail operator, Grand Central, is offering passengers the chance to book train tickets six months in advance.
The operator, which links Yorkshire and the North East with London Kings Cross has confirmed that it has opened reservations and ticket sales all the way up to October.
Louise Blyth, Commercial and Customer Policy Director, said she was immensely proud that the company was the first to offer rail users the flexibility to plan their travel so far in advance.
“The team here have worked really hard behind the scenes to have this new approach in place for when we returned to services at the end of March,” she said.
“While our trains were in hibernation we used that time to engage with our passengers and communities and this is one of the things they told us they wanted – the flexibility to plan and book their journeys well ahead and benefit from our great value discounted fares. That opportunity is now available through the Grand Central website and telesales service.
“As the country gradually comes out of lockdown over the coming months it feels really good that we’re the only train operator currently providing the means for people to make their plans to meet up with friends and loved ones right through the summer and into the autumn.
“Of course we realise plans can change too, that’s why we’re also offering the ability to change your reservation without a fee.”
The six-month reservation window will be updated on a rolling basis, with Grand Central able to do this after bringing in the new Rail Availablity & Reservation Service service.
Grant Central services returned on the 27th March 2021 after suspending them in January due to the third lockdown.
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