East Midlands Trains (EMT) is the latest rail
company to offer lower fares for passengers who book their journeys online.
EMT operates regular services between London St
Pancras and towns and cities in the East Midlands and South
Yorkshire. The reduced rates, which are being made
available on first and standard class Advance tickets, equate to a discount of
5 per cent.
The “Internet Advance” prices are highlighted
in green and can be booked up until 1800 the day before travel. They are usually available on less busy
But the actual savings will be greater because
reservations made through EMT’s website, unlike those operated by the online
agencies, do not incur debit or credit card booking fees.
Advance tickets offer huge savings over regular
flexible fares. A one-way
London-Sheffield Advance standard class single typically costs between £12.50
and £19.00 while one for first class is priced at between £25 and £33.
By comparison, a one-way standard class flexible
ticket costs from £61.50 while first class will set you back £134.
Until now only holders of flexible first class
tickets were allowed to use EMT’s first class lounges at its main stations. But
the rail firm will now let first class Advance passengers use the lounges at St
Pancras and Leicester for a fee of £5.
For more information go to eastmidlandstrains.co.uk.
Report by Alex McWhirter