Book special Games train tickets now, spectators advised27/07/2012
Spectators with tickets for 2012 Games events were today urged to buy special flexible Games rail tickets, which provide good value and can be collected from stations in advance, saving time on the day of their event.
2012 Games Train Tickets are available exclusively to Olympic and Paralympic Games event ticket holders and Games volunteers, and offers flexibility should the Games event they are attending over-run or be rescheduled.
David Mapp, Commercial Director of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said:
“Over 315,000 spectators have now taken advantage of the special Games rail tickets and they will remain on sale throughout the period of Olympic and Paralympics.
“We want to make sure that everyone going to the Games gets the right ticket for their journey. Even if people are planning to make a short day trip to London, we’re urging those with a Games event ticket to log onto the dedicated website, buy a Games Train Ticket and benefit from greater flexibility for their journey.”
Games Advance tickets are offered for longer distance journeys and Games Day tickets are offered for shorter distance journeys.
The exclusive 2012 Games Train Tickets are available to buy from a dedicate website throughout the Olympics and Paralympics.
Notes to editors
Every Games event ticket holder will already have received several emails from LOCOG encouraging them to book early and providing details of the 2012 Games Train Tickets.
Over 315,000 people have bought their National Rail Games Train Ticket to date. Forty seven thousand people have made their bookings since 1 July 2012, equating to 305,000 journeys, with nearly three-quarters of these customers booking in the last two weeks.
The Get Ahead of the Games travel campaign has been strongly encouraging spectators to plan their travel as early as possible. Train companies and ATOC have also promoted early booking with a prominent link on the National Rail Enquiries website, advertising on train tickets and a range of other marketing activities.
The National Rail Games Travel website also provides information on:
• The thousands of extra rail services that will be provided during the Games, with earlier starting and later finishing trains during the Paralympic Games, with services on key routes starting earlier and finishing later.
• Discounts available on the 2012 Games Train Tickets, including with Railcards and for children.
• How to book assistance for those that need help when travelling to 2012 Games events
For longer distance journeys Games Advance tickets are offered at a price similar to the usual Advance fares but have greater flexibility. These fares have limited availability. For regional and shorter distance journeys the Games Day ticket offers the flexibility of an Anytime ticket at a lower price, as well as allowing travel up to midday the following day.
2012 Games Train Tickets can be used by event ticket holders and Games volunteers to travel to and from London and other co-Host cities such as Coventry, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Weymouth and Portland.
Spectators travelling to Games events in and around London will have received a Games Travelcard with their Games event ticket, allowing travel within London Zones 1–9 and to/from Watford Junction on most National Rail services and all Transport for London services throughout the day of their event.
Games volunteers have been given a Games Oyster card with either a Travelcard or pay as you go credit for travel to and from events in London Zones 1-9.
Holders of spectator tickets and Games volunteers for events at Eton Dorney, Lee Valley White Water Centre, Hadleigh Farm and Brands Hatch will also be able to use their Games Travelcard or Games Oyster card to travel to the recommended stations for these venues from within the London Games Travelcard area at no additional cost.
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