Train companies across the country are adopting a new initiative to let customers buy cheaper advance tickets up to ten minutes before travel.
First introduced by CrossCountry in 2015, customers of Grand Central, Greater Anglia, Northern, TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains East Coast, Virgin Trains West Coast and those using the Caledonian Sleeper will now be able to benefit from cheaper advance tickets on their day of travel.
Until now, advance tickets have largely only been available to buy until midnight the day before travel.
Advance tickets are limited one-way tickets offering better value for money on specific long distance services. In general, the further ahead they are booked, the cheaper the advance fare will be.
The Rail Delivery Group said that sales of advance tickets has increased almost four-fold in the last decade.
Anthony Smith, the CEO of transport industry watchdog Transport Focus, said, ‘Passengers will welcome this change as it will provide them with a greater opportunity to have access to cheaper tickets.
‘No doubt many passengers travelling with these eight train companies will take advantage of this offer.
‘We look forward to the other train companies introducing this opportunity soon.’