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With Winter just around the corner, you might like to spend those longer journeys from the comfort of a train. Taking the train is great for commuters that cannot work from home, as can be one of the quickest forms of travel due to no traffic, taking you from city to coast in a little over an hour.
As a result of government guidelines, it is advisable that all passengers keep a safe distance from one another when travelling by train. All passengers must wear a face covering, and are recommended to use hand sanitiser and sit near an open window where possible, in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.
If you cannot work from home, ask your employer about staggering your start time to avoid boarding during rush hours.
Below we have found some of the latest promotions and initiatives from the two rail companies that operate across South Essex. Both companies want to ensure that as many people as possible have access to public rail services, for a more efficient and healthier journey.
With C2C you can upgrade from paper tickets by getting their Smartcard. C2C Smartcards also benefit from loyalty point rewards, and any payments from journey delays will be automatically loaded onto your card. Smartcards have now become available for children, students and London travellers, which can also tap you in and out of the Underground. Anything from daily passes, to flexible and annual season cards, can be held on the Smartcards. To sign up, visit their website.
C2C regularly offers discounts on group, family, elderly and child tickets, and deals on attractions in Southend and London (when applicable). They also feature promotions which enable further discounts, such as their recent ‘Go Green Week’, which entitled travellers to save up to 50% on off-peak travel. Follow C2C on social media for the latest updates on unique promotions.
Greater Anglia also offers two-for-one deals on local and London attractions (when applicable). Plus they offer standard savings for groups, families, elderly and duos.
For students, Greater Anglia can provide up to 50% off of fares for 16-18 year olds in full-time education with a Scholar Season ticket. To check if your school is eligible, or sign your school up for the scheme, visit their Scholar Season site.
For corporate travel, they offer discounted season tickets and discounted business fares from Greater Anglia stations into London Liverpool Street. The discounted season ticket prices will be a bespoke, negotiated rate between Greater Anglia and your employer. To find out more, click here.
Railcards are a fantastic way to save money on the train and are valid for both rail lines. From ages 16-30, over 50’s, people with disabilities and more, there are many railcards available. For a one-off payment, you can save 30% off of most journeys, even beyond Essex. For more information on railcards, click here.
Bear in mind that the above are only a few promotions and services that our partners offer. Online, there are many more opportunities to save money. If we have missed any offers you think should be included in this list, let us know. We love hearing about your travel ideas that’ll help get South Essex more active.