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Special rates and incentives from Virgin Trains’ new school groups team

Date Posted: 26/07/2013

Responding to a growing demand for school group travel by rail, Virgin Trains has created a specialist team to manage your school trip experience from start to finish.

The new groups team can help you to find the best option for your class, from reserved seating on all West Coast Mainline major routes, to chartering a carriage or even an entire train on any of its routes.

With highly competitive school trip rates available, teachers can book tickets up to 12 weeks prior to departure, with payment required a minimum of seven days before your journey.

Additional benefits include First Class upgrades on weekends and UK bank holidays for up to £15 each way; while for school trips to London, Virgin Trains’ groups team can also book your underground travel.

New services and destinations by rail

Virgin Trains will be introducing two additional services to Glasgow from 8th December this year, offering a train every hour for groups heading to Scotland.

Carlisle and Penrith North Lakes will also be served by the additional trains, and Oxenholme the Lake District will gain one more London train in each direction.

Boasting a fantastic service in terms of onboard experience plus speed and frequency, Virgin’s Pendolino trains can reach speeds of up to 125mph, with the journey time from London to Manchester taking two hours and eight minutes, with departures every 20 minutes from the capital.

School visit information

Teachers are advised to book tickets via the groups team for the best rates and no fees. You can telephone or e-mail the new groups team between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

For further school trip information contact:

0844-5565 622 (option 1)

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