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Train or plane?
Fact is, if you’re travelling between Scotland and London on business, you’ll be right on track with our Scottish Executive Package. Plus arriving in the city centre is just one advantage of going by rail.
This new deal gives you the chance to upgrade to First Class for free. For less than the usual price of a Standard Class open ticket, you’ll get a free upgrade to First Class in both directions. You’ll also enjoy:
• A First Class meal, served to your seat
• London Underground return travel within zones 1 and 2
• Your First Class seat reserved for you (outward only – a reserved seat on your return journey is optional. Both are in First Class though!)
• All the other perks of First Class travel
All for just £199. Book now and travel in style.
Scottish Executive tickets are also fully refundable less cancellation charges if completely unused and returned complete. A partial refund is offered where only the return journey was completely unused.
How to buy
Scottish executive tickets are available until 23 May 2010, and can be bought in all the usual ways.
Just to be clear for readers with rather more appreciation of the Kingdom’s geography than East Coast Trains would appear to, the actual ‘fact is’ (to paraphrase EC’s spin) that their interpretation of ‘Scotland’ means just ‘Edinburgh or Glasgow’.
The ticket is not available from Dunbar, Dundee, Motherwell, Aberdeen or any of the other stations that East Coast serves in Scotland.
This is rather a shame actually, as some very positive noises have been coming out of the company since NXEC retreated – and I’ve enjoyed good journeys and sensible fares of late. First Class remains largely deserted though, and East Coast are living in cloud cuckoo land if they think that time-pressured business folks are going to ignore the excellent, often good-value air links from ABZ, EDI and GLA in favour of a five-hour plus rail journey each way.
It’s from Newcastle and South that they should be offering these kinds of deals if they really want to drive volume and revenue.
This all goes to prove (again) that it’s high time that the London-centric managemnt of Scotland-angleshire services be dismantled. Passengers in Geordieland and south have real competition, we scots are dependent on ECML. The old systems worked well – the North British with its running rights and the integrated system of LNER.
Scotrail successfully runs the Caley Sleeper – should it not be allowed to provide day services also, with through ticketing throughout its scottish system?