Leading train company CrossCountry, part of transport group Arriva, has extended availability of ‘Advance on the Day’ tickets to corporate travellers using the EvolviNG self-booking platform.
The ‘Advance on the Day’ initiative has seen CrossCountry introduce across all its routes* the opportunity for passengers to buy discounted ‘Advance’ tickets within just 15 minutes of their train leaving the station – enabling travellers to make the most of last-minute bookings, while still reserving a seat.
After a successful ‘Advance on the Day’ testing period involving Travel Management Group, facilitated through Evolvi Rail Systems, CrossCountry’s exclusive fares are now available for the corporate clients of travel management companies to purchase through the EvolviNG rail booking and fulfilment system.
David Watkin, Commercial Director at CrossCountry says: “We are delighted to extend ‘Advance on the Day’ tickets to corporate customers through EvolviNG, opening up opportunities for more customers who often have to make a mad-dash for an unplanned meeting out of town. These tickets will offer savings against the ‘walk-up’ fares currently available on the day of travel, so if a business customer has to buy last minute, they’ll still be able to save with CrossCountry.”
Currently other train companies close reservations for advance tickets between 6pm-11.59pm the night before travel, whereas CrossCountry Advance on the Day tickets will become available for sale when the industry-wide advance purchase window closes at 11.59pm. Tickets can be fulfilled as an m-ticket, Print Your Own (self-print), or via a ticket machine at the station.
Jon Reeve, Trade Relations Director at Evolvi Rail Systems, says: “We are excited to offer our customers such a flexible approach to buying rail tickets and are thrilled to be partnering with CrossCountry. Today, corporates are more focussed than ever on improving efficiencies and optimising travel budgets wherever possible – last-minute travel can be costly and the extension of Advance on the Day tickets will make a significant difference.”
Travel management companies seeking more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Advance tickets on the day are available on all CrossCountry routes except: Birmingham New Street to Nottingham and Birmingham New Street to Leicester – both routes are non-reserveable