Sam Thomas teams up with CrossCountry

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Sam Thomas teams up with CrossCountry

Sam Thomas teams up with CrossCountry to launch a campaign to advise Cheltenham Festival goers to travel by train to ease congestion around the town

Plans to ease congestion during the Cheltenham Festival have been put in place by CrossCountry trains, the official travel partner of the event with a campaign to drive people off the roads and onto the trains.

Gold Cup winning jockey, Sam Thomas talks to CrossCountry in an exclusive behind the scenes interview giving his top tips for the coming meet and promoting the travel by train campaign www.youtube.com/user/crosscountry1

Over the last three years of supporting the event, CrossCountry has helped to ease road congestion around Cheltenham by encouraging over 45,000 race-goers to switch to the train with the incentive of dedicated extra services.

With extra services running from Birmingham, Bristol and Derby as well as 94 regular services running into Cheltenham, CrossCountry is expecting to take almost 15,000 race-goers off the roads and on to a train over the four day event. Those travelling by train are also being advised to avoid queuing at Cheltenham Station by buying a ‘bus add on’ ticket online.

Local Jockey, Sam Thomas comments: “Cheltenham is a fantastic day for all getting there via the road network can take a long time. We are encouraging people to travel smart and take advantage of the extra services being put on for the festival.”

Available to buy online, a ‘bus add on’ can be bought at the same time as a train ticket, allowing passengers to hop straight on a dedicated Cheltenham bus transfer which runs directly from Cheltenham train station to the race course every 10 minutes.

‘Bus add on’ tickets are available to book online at www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk in advance or up to three hours before you travel.

Information about extra dedicated festival train services running to Cheltenham from Birmingham New Street and Bristol Temple Meads is also available online.

Posted : 09/03/2011 12:53:26

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