Tickets on sale for special Lincoln Christmas Market service

23/11/15

Lincoln Christmas Market

Virgin Trains will run a return service to Lincoln to support the city’s annual Christmas market.

Virgin Trains will run the return train from Leeds to Lincoln on Saturday 5 December 2015. It will depart Leeds at 06:57 and Doncaster at 07:43; arriving into Lincoln at 08:38. The return service will depart Lincoln at 20:20; allowing customers to enjoy a full day in Lincoln. It will arrive at Doncaster at 21:04 and Leeds at 21:44.

Tickets on the Lincoln Christmas Market return service start from £7.35 one way in Standard Class when booked online at www.virgintrainseastcoast.com

The Lincoln Christmas Market will take place between 3 and 6 December 2015 and regularly brings more than 250,000 visitors to the historic city.

The announcement on the extra service follows Virgin Trains delivering an additional six weekend return services across the year to support the city’s Magna Carta 800 celebrations and other events.

Around 150 people travelled to Lincoln on these services which offered great value promotional fares.

David Horne, Virgin Trains Managing Director, said: “We’re really pleased with the popularity of the extra Lincoln trains we were able to provide this year. The interest from customers and communities well exceeded our expectations and we’re already discussing next year with partners in the city.”

The extra services were promoted on the Virgin Trains website, social media competitions, customer e-newsetters and promotional flyers supported by Visit Lincoln which were distributed on-board trains and at Travel Centres and stations along the route.

Emma Tatlow. Partnership Manager from the tourism organisation, Visit Lincoln, said: “It’s great news that Virgin will support the Christmas Market by encouraging visitors to the city with their additional service on Saturday 5 December. This follows the special Saturday services operated by Virgin Trains to bring passengers direct from London to Lincoln during the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta. These extra trains have provided a significant boost to the areas visitor economy.

“There has been a strong cultural programme of events and activities in the city this year to mark this anniversary and the opening of Lincoln Castle Revealed following a £22m refurbishment programme.

"The additional train services have opened up Lincoln to the day and staying visitor market from London - and have also enhanced the profile of the city and the events programme as part of the marketing by Virgin Trains and also enabling Lincoln to have a presence at London King’s Cross to promote the city.”

The series of events in Lincoln were also promoted by a special Parliamentary reception earlier this year in Westminster which was hosted by Karl McCartney JP MP.

Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, Karl McCartney JP MP, said: “I am very grateful to Virgin Trains for the additional trains they are laying on for our Christmas Market in Lincoln. And given the success of this year’s additional Saturday services to accommodate visitors to and from our City’s Magna Carta anniversary celebrations, I look forward to Virgin Trains fulfilling their promise to provide the additional through trains from Lincoln to London as early as possible and from 2019 at the latest.”

Virgin Trains will be continuing to work closely with customers and communities in Lincoln and is encouraging ideas and suggestions about future possibilities for extra services to and from the city.

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