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Huge sale on rail fares announced with more than one million up to half price tickets

The temporary discount has been announced in response to the cost-of-living crisis

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Rail fares across the UK are set to be cut by up to half in April and May as part of the government’s response to the cost-of-living crisis.

The Great British Rail Sale will see the cost of more than one million train tickets reduced in a bid to help struggling households afford trips across the UK and to boost domestic tourism.

The first-of-its-kind sale is expected to bring journeys from Manchester to Newcastle down from £20.60 to £10.30, London to Edinburgh services from £44 to £22, and York to Leeds journeys from £5.60 to £2.80.

In a video to advertise the sale, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We’ve had two years of living life virtually. It is time to get real and visit our beautiful country.”

In an official statement, Shapps added: “For the first time ever, operators across the rail industry are coming together to help passengers facing rising costs of living by offering up to 50% off more than a million tickets on journeys across Britain.

“There’s no better time to visit friends, family or just explore our great country, so book your tickets today.”

Government officials said half-price rail tickets are just ‘one of the ways’ it is helping to support families with the cost of living crisis, following its announcement of council tax discounts and tax cuts.

However, the temporary sale hasn’t been without criticism, with many noting that rail fares need to be permanently reduced in order to help struggling families with the soaring cost of living. 

Labour’s shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh said the discounts this spring will be ‘small comfort to passengers’ after years of ‘soaring fares’.

She said: “A decade of brutal Tory fare hikes have priced people off our railways. This temporary respite will be small comfort to passengers who had thousands taken out of their pockets from soaring fares since 2010.

“And the decision to end the sale just before half-term will mean many families face the same punishing costs over the holidays. Labour would help working people – with a fully-funded plan to cut up to £600 off of household bills.”

Discounted tickets will go on sale from today, Tuesday April 19th, with passengers eligible to travel for less on off-peak fares between April 25th and May 27th. 

For more information, visit the Gov.uk website.

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Manchester Airport reveals first look of T2’s £440m transformation

The huge project will create thousands of jobs and unlock billions of pounds of economic value for the North over the next decade.

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Manchester Airport Group (MAG) bosses have announced a £440m investment in the final phase of its £1.3bn transformation programme.

The huge project will create thousands of jobs and unlock billions of pounds of economic value for the North over the next decade.

The investment is set to transform the UK’s third largest airport, attracting new routes for the North’s global gateway, connecting the region to even more international destinations, including some of the world’s most important economic markets.

The new spacious facilities, including state-of-the-art technology and equipment, and an exciting array of shops, bars, restaurants and airport lounges, will provide passengers with a great airport experience as they travel.

The airport’s transformation programme was first announced in 2015 with a 10-year vision to revolutionise the customer experience at the Northern hub and unlock the potential of its two full-length runways.

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The first phase saw Terminal 2 more than double in size, with the new facility having received positive feedback from passengers and airlines since opening in July 2021.

The second phase will complete the new T2 building, improving all stages of the passenger journey – from check-in to baggage reclaim, as well as upgrading its airfield to cater for next generation aircraft.

The expanded terminal is expected to be completed by 2025 and will see 80% of passengers use it as Terminal 1 will close 63 years after it was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1962.

The build will create 500 jobs on the construction phase alone, while independent analysis shows around 16,400 extra jobs will be generated by 2040 as a result of the economic activity stimulated by the expansion of the airport and its route network.

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Charlie Cornish, CEO of MAG, said: “Manchester Airport is a key economic asset for the North, and this investment will maximise the contribution it makes to creating a balanced and globally competitive UK economy.

“Our £1.3bn transformation programme demonstrates our long-term commitment to providing a great airport experience for passengers who travel through Manchester.

“I’m delighted to be announcing the go-ahead for the final phase, which will open in 2025, connecting the people and businesses of the North to dozens more global destinations, and creating jobs and stimulating increased levels of trade and tourism,” he added.

Chris Woodroofe, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “It is hugely exciting to be announcing this significant investment in Manchester Airport. It represents a major milestone in the history of both our airport, and the region as a whole.

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He went on to add: “By completing the transformation of Terminal 2, we will not only be offering passengers across the North an unrivalled choice of destinations, but also providing them with world class facilities and a great overall experience when they travel through Manchester.”

“I cannot wait to see the plans come to fruition, for the benefit of all of our customers, colleagues and supporters,” he added.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, praised the plans saying: “Manchester Airport is a massive asset to our city region, connecting those living and working here to global destinations, as well as helping attract visitors, tourists and inward investment.

“The further investment in the Manchester Airport transformation programme will enhance Greater Manchester’s international credentials and make a major contribution to the northern economy.

“The project is also doing a huge amount to create employment for people from all backgrounds and providing training that will ensure it leaves a skills legacy for future generations.”

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Win a holiday to Mexico for Day of the Dead by simply drinking a tequila shot in ‘Spoons

Free holiday to Mexico? Yes please…

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You can win a holiday to Mexico during the Day of the Dead and all you have to do is go to ‘Spoons and take a shot of tequila.

That’s right, you can win the holiday of your dreams in just a few simple steps.

Manquila, the wild strawberry cream liqueur from Manchester, is giving away a trip to Mexico next November to two lucky people.


Simply go to any Wetherspoons, buy a glass of Manquila and enter your receipt online to be in with a chance of winning a trip to Mexico.

Upload your proof of purchase HERE and you’ll be in with a chance of winning.

The holiday will take place in November 2023 for seven days during Day of the Dead celebrations. 

According to Manquila’s website: “Manquila is a testimonial to decadence. True Dairy Cream blended with the unforgettable flavour of Wild Strawberries with splashes of Agave Spirit, fit for a Queen of the Night.”

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You can hire a huge party house with its own nightclub and games arcade near Manchester

The property can sleep up to 26 people across 13 en-suite bedrooms

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If you’re looking for a quick getaway with your mates, look no further.

Just a stone’s throw away from Manchester in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, stands a secluded party house complete with its very own nightclub and games arcade.

The property, available from just £75 per person per night, can sleep up to twenty-six people across thirteen en-suite bedrooms, all of which are accessible from an external and spacious courtyard.

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The courtyard boasts a pond and picnic areas for the warmer months, and hot tubs for the chillier winter evenings.

Inside, there are a mix of double and twin bedrooms, with the en-suite bathrooms featuring luxury toiletries and a rainfall shower.

Concierge service can also be arranged, with a whole host of services ranging from a private chef, live entertainment, spa treatments and even a Turkish barber available to attend the property.

But the undisputed selling point of the property is its own private nightclub, which comes complete with a built-in sound system, disco lights and a bar area with a fully-functioning beer dispense system.

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The Travel Chapter

There’s also a fully-functional games room boasting classics like air hockey, pinball, driving games and two retro arcade machines.

The property’s listing page describes the property as being the perfect venue for stag-dos, hen parties, or company team-building events, as well as for family and friend getaways.

To see the property’s availability and to get it booked, click here.

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