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CrossCountry Helps Students Make Those £££'s Go Further With 10% Extra Saving On Rail Travel


With all the fun, merriment and not to mention expense of Fresher’s Week now over, students may be looking for even more ways to make their money go further this term, which is why CrossCountry Trains is giving students the chance to save an extra 10% on the price of a CrossCountry Advance rail ticket – on top of their Railcard discount. 

There’s never been an easier time to make a saving when booking a mid-term trip home to see the parents, thanks to CrossCountry Trains, who has teamed up with The National Union of Students (NUS) to offer this exclusive discount for NUS Extra card holders at

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Students who have an NUS Extra card could save an extra 10% on CrossCountry Advance tickets via the new student website. To register, visit and simply type in your e-mail address and personal NUS Extra card number.

What’s more, when buying Advance tickets online at you won’t be charged a booking fee or extra charges for using a credit card.

Clare Shufflebotham, Partnership Manager at CrossCountry Trains comments: “We hope that our partnership with NUS will help students make their university funds stretch even further, offering some great online rail savings. The NUS Extra card gives students access to a whole host of discounts and offers, so we’re glad to be supporting students and NUS in offering exclusively discounted train fares online.”

Not only can students make a saving with CrossCountry this term they can also plan their journey home to see the family whilst on route to lectures using ‘Train Search’ – the new iPhone application that, unlike other national rail travel information apps, is available to download absolutely free.  

Already the 4th most downloaded free travel application in the UK since its launch, this real time train information application can help students and other rail users search for train times for any UK rail journey.

Features of the app include: instant access to live train times, so users can see what time their train will arrive and plan their connections, timetables showing calling points, changes and platform numbers, a ‘current position’ feature to identify the user’s nearest station, view a map to get directions to that station and even store and save favourite rail routes. 

CrossCountry’s Managing Director, Andy Cooper, said: “What’s great about this new free application is that it makes train information even more accessible. Using technology to improve customers’ travel experiences has been a priority for CrossCountry and this free iPhone app, together with our new website and Facebook presence shows we are determined to embrace online products and innovations to make rail travel easier.” 
NUS Extra is the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts, offers and competitions designed to make student life more exciting, more memorable and more rewarding. You can purchase an NUS Extra card for just £10.

iPhone users can now download ‘Train Search’ absolutely free via the iPhone App Store or iTunes App Store. A version of the application is available for other mobile phones, PDAs and Blackberry®, which can be downloaded free from

Check out CrossCountry Trains’ Facebook fan page and its unique application, ‘Map your Mates,’ which automatically ‘maps’ the home towns of your friends along the CrossCountry rail network, which in turn links to and allows you to buy the correct tickets at the best available price.


For more information, please contact:
Jennie Madden
PR Account Manager on behalf of CrossCountry Trains
McCann Erickson Communications House

Notes to editors

Terms and conditions:
The 10% discount is available against CrossCountry Advance fares only which are exclusively for travel on CrossCountry trains. The discount is not available against other train company tickets or other fare types. The CrossCountry website displays all available tickets for all train companies. CrossCountry Advance fares are subject to availability.

CrossCountry started operating on 11 November 2007. The franchise, which is the most extensive in the UK, will run until 31 March 2016. For further information on CrossCountry services and future franchise plans log on to

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CrossCountry facts and figures:



PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated

ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million

EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,700

LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: 08.20 Aberdeen to Penzance (774 miles)