Discount rail tickets scheme launched

A RAIL company has launched a community scheme giving groups the chance for discount travel.

Grand Central Railway has launched its Community Card scheme offering voluntary and community groups a 50 per cent discount on the company’s North Eastern and West Riding rail services.

Grand Central is the UK’s first rail operator to introduce a discount card for charity and voluntary groups and is part of its support for those tasked with delivering the

Big Society.

Bosses say since the scheme was announced at the end of last year that more than 50 cards have already been issued and further applications are welcome from voluntary and community organisations, whether or not they are a registered charities.

Edward Monaghan, Grand Central’s retail and customer services manager, said: “As the UK’s longest community railway Grand Central is committed to actively supporting voluntary and community groups along our North Eastern and West Riding routes.

“Today’s launch of our Community Card will help these groups make significant savings on rail travel and will, we hope, provide tangible support to those tasked with delivering the Big Society.

“The new Community Cards have proven very popular and show Grand Central’s continuing commitment to the communities we serve.”

Discounted tickets for travel using the Community Card can only be purchased from rail company staff on board Grand Central trains.

They can be used to get 50 per cent discounts on all Grand Central services, whether on single or return fares and in both first and standard class, when travelling on official business.

Organisations interested in applying for a Grand Central Community Card should write to Grand Central Customer Services at River House, Museum Street, York YO1 7DJ or emailing customer.services@grandcentralrail.com.