Avanti West Coast has announced that it will be removing its Peak restrictions over the Christmas period.
From Friday 18 December to the end of the year, the inter-city operator will be withdrawing peak fares to give customers greater flexibility and help maintain social distancing onboard its trains.
All ticket types, including the cheapest Advance tickets, for travel dates until the end of the year have now gone on sale and customers are strongly advised to plan ahead, as well as make a seat reservation for their journey.
Avanti West Coast is currently operating with limited capacity to help with social distancing. Services will also finish earlier on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and start later on 27 December and New Year’s Day.
Alongside the rest of the railway industry, Avanti West Coast has an enhance cleaning regime on its trains and at stations to keep customers safe, with a focus on all high touch point areas such as door buttons, grab handles, tables and equipment.
An Avanti West Coast spokesperson said: “From 18 December, we’re moving all our services to Off-Peak fares to help the Christmas getaway – making it cheaper for everyone to see their loved ones over the festive season.
“The advice remains the same so you can travel with confidence – plan ahead, make a reservation and travel at quieter times, if you can. When making your journey, wear a face covering unless you are exempt, carry hand sanitiser and follow social distancing guidance.”