Cheaper weekday train deals have been launched today by Greater Anglia in a bid to blow away “post Christmas blues”.
However, even with the offer, Ely will be paying twice as much as Cambridge travellers to visit London – because it’s classified as being in the furthest zone, even though it’s only a stop or two away from Cambridge.
Under Greater Anglia’s Wake Up Your Weekday deals, off-peak returns around its network start from £10 for travellers in Zone 1 in a bid to entice regional tourists to use trains during the bleak winter months.
Greater Anglia has divided its stops into three zones, with tickets on sale for £10, £15 or £20, depending on which zone they’re in.
This means that because Cambridge is classed as Zone 1, a week day, off-peak day return to London Liverpool Street would cost £10 using the deal.
Ely has been placed in Zone 3, pushing the offer up to £20 – twice as much as Cambridge but still cheaper than the regular off-peak price of £31.20.
Commercial director Andy Camp said: “January is often a difficult time of year with dark mornings and cold weather and the excitement of Christmas is over. Now people can book some trips to give themselves something to look forward to in the coming months.
“The offer’s available for Londoners wanting to visit East Anglia or people in East Anglia wanting a trip to the capital.”
The Wake Up Your Weekdays offer is only available either online using the Greater Anglia website or the Greater Anglia app.
The tickets are for day return off-peak travel on weekdays only and only for Greater Anglia trains, so most trains from Ely to London Liverpool Street are covered in the deal but not to King’s Cross.
Up to two children can also travel with any adult for just £2 each.
For more information and to book travel click here.