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19.06.12

Games volunteers offered flexible fares

Olympics and Paralympics volunteers will benefit from special rail fares when travelling to the Games from outside London. Fares will be available at ‘competitive’ prices and will allow volunteers the flexibility to catch later trains home if events overrun.

The special fares are also available to spectator holding events tickets – although there has been concern at the sluggish take-up of such tickets.

LOCOG volunteers will be able to use the tickets travelling to and fromLondonas well as other co-host cities including Coventry, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and Weymouth.

The tickets are split into Advance tickets for intercity journeys and Day tickets for regional and shorter distance journeys.

Volunteers in and aroundLondonwill receive a Travelcard as part of their volunteer package which will allow them free travel with Greater London on all TfL services.

Rail minister Theresa Villiers said: “Without these volunteers the Games simply could not happen. They are true ‘Games Makers’, so it is only right they have access to these good value, flexible fares. Our railways will also have a vital role to play in the Games with more than a hundred extra services running each day and trains starting earlier and continuing later into the night.”

David Mapp, commercial director at ATOC said: “Volunteers will have a vital role to play during the Games, ensuring that events run smoothly and providing help and information to spectators. The special rail tickets will give them good value, flexible fares that meet the needs of volunteers working at the Games.”

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