Thursday 12 August 2010

Rail passengers treated to summer scene

Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but not for commuters travelling through Marylebone Station.

A temporary beach will be set up on the main concourse tomorrow and free sticks of rock will be handed out to commuters and rail passengers offering a welcome taste of summer courtesy of Chiltern Railways.

Anyone visiting the beach will also receive details of how to enter a competition to win a beach goody bag packed with summer essentials.

Chiltern Railways marketing director, Thomas Ableman, says the beach will remind people of the fun that can be had at the British seaside. “Whilst many people have postponed their summer holidays this year, there is still a chance to get away from it all with a day trip to the beach by train.

“Parents with school age children know too well how difficult it can be to keep them entertained all summer. A trip to the seaside is easy and cost effective with Chiltern Railways’ coastal routes to destinations such as Brighton, Whitstable, Margate and Worthing.”

Travelling to the seaside by train can cut out lengthy delays on the motorway, there is no need to book in advance and kids love travelling by train. Tickets to seaside destinations can be purchased from any local Chiltern Railways ticket office or station. What’s more, with Chiltern’s Great GroupSave deal where two adults pay, four people can travel and up to four extra kids can go for just £1 each.

Thomas continues: “In addition to our seaside service, passengers can also take advantage of our new Taxi Bus Service from Aylesbury Vale Parkway to Waddesdon Manor during August. Passengers can buy a ticket to cover the whole journey and take advantage of a 2 FOR 1 offer when visiting Waddesdon Manor Gardens.

Chiltern Railways is currently completing a £250 million upgrade to turn the Chiltern route into a new mainline with journey times being cut by 20% in 2011. This is being achieved with no recourse to taxpayer funds in any form.

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