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Cumbria’s train users to benefit from specially reduced fares

Train travel for people who live and work in the county is set to become more affordable, thanks to a new long-term offer being launched by Cumbria Tourism’s popular ‘MyCumbria’ scheme.

MyCumbria has teamed up with train operator Northern to offer a third off off-peak day single or day return tickets for journeys on services within Cumbria, along with Silverdale, Carnforth and Lancaster. That covers rail travel between almost 50 train stations, including:

  • Cumbrian Coast line: Barrow-in-Furness – Carlisle
  • Furness line: Barrow-in-Furness – Lancaster
  • Lakes line: Oxenholme Lake District – Windermere
  • Settle & Carlisle line: Carlisle – Dent
  • Tyne Valley line: Carlisle – Brampton (Cumbria)
  • Lancaster – Oxenholme Lake District

MyCumbria cards are produced by Cumbria Tourism and are available for anyone who lives or works in a CA or LA postcode area. There are already around 250 special offers available for MyCumbria card holders, including a wide range of places to eat and drink, things to do and shopping discounts on Northern train routes.

The new Northern offer is set to run for at least 12 months and also coincides with a wider travel marketing campaign being spearheaded by Cumbria Tourism and Northern to encourage more people to make use of the train to travel around the county.

This summer Northern launched its brand-new trains in Cumbria with the state-of-the-art services operating on the Cumbrian coast line and from Barrow and Windermere down to Manchester Airport. The trains, which have replaced Northern’s older stock, feature free customer Wi-Fi, air conditioning, at-seat charging and customer information screens; all of which means customers can not only save with this new offer – they can do so while travelling in more comfort than ever before.

Beatrice Hooson oversees the MyCumbria card scheme at Cumbria Tourism. She says, “Living and working in a county like Cumbria, it’s easy to forget the vast range of attractions on our doorstep. MyCumbria is all about encouraging residents to explore different parts of the county and make the most of the world-class locations we sometimes take for granted. This latest rail offer is a great way to promote days out by rail to locals, by making it a little easier and more affordable to get around by train.”

Mark Powles, Commercial Director at Northern, said: “Cumbria is a fantastic county with breath-taking scenery and wonderful towns and villages. We’re delighted to be working with Cumbria Tourism to showcase all that the county has to offer, with rail travel at a fraction of the usual price. And, of course, many journeys in Cumbria are now made on our brand new trains which have been serving our customers since the summer.”

MyCumbria cards cost £20 for 12 months and are available online at www.cumbriatourism.org/shop/mycumbria-card/ or by contacting Cumbria Tourism on [email protected] / 01539 822222.

The new offer is applicable to one person per MyCumbria card and is valid on Northern services only (not TransPennine Express or Virgin Trains).  The discount applies at all times during weekends and Bank Holidays, as well as Monday to Friday on trains timed to depart from 9am onwards.

Train tickets can be purchased prior to travel from ticket offices, online, mobile apps or ticket machines.

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