Northern rail has put millions of train tickets on sale in January, with some journeys available for as little as 50p.

Rail provider North Eastern Rail has released an extra 500,000 train tickets on its most popular routes ahead of the last day of the express sale.

It is Northern’s latest attempt to “put people back on the rail” but after months of disruption due to rail strikes. Rail operators are set to make a new pay offer to union bosses in the coming days following a revised government mandate.

One million 50p tickets, three million £1 tickets and one million £1.50 tickets are being sold as part of the sale.

Read more: January 2023 rail strike dates: When will they take place?

The sale, which runs from Tuesday, ends at 4pm on Friday (January 12). Travelers can take advantage of the offer when traveling between Tuesday 17 January and Friday 10 March.

Some of the North East routes available at deep discounts are:

  • Newcastle – Carlisle
  • Newcastle – Middlesbrough
  • Whitby to Middlesbrough
  • Nanthorpe to Whitby

There are many other routes available across the North of England such as:

  • Hull to Bridlington
  • Sheffield – Doncaster
  • Harrogate – Knorrsborough
  • Newcastle – Carlisle
  • Barrow-in-Furness to Manchester Piccadilly
  • Chester – Stockport
  • Blackpool South v Preston
  • Warrington Central to Liverpool Lime Street

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Mark Powles, Northern’s commercial and customer director, said: “We’ve had an amazing response to our January Express Sale – so the decision has been made to release an extra 500,000 tickets and add a number of new routes. However, all good things must come to an end and the sale closes at 4pm tomorrow, so customers should book now to avoid disappointment.”

Earlier this week, rail minister Hugh Merriman praised Northern’s quick sell-off, saying: “We need to get people back on our railways and initiatives like this will do just that.”

Northern is the UK’s second largest rail operator, with almost 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations in the North of England.

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