Northern has announced a 50 per cent cut in the cost of off-peak tickets from Carlisle to Leeds until the end of March 2024.

Available to customers with a Dales Railcard on services using the famous Settle-Carlisle line, the offer is set to prove popular with people visiting the West Yorkshire city for Christmas shopping.

The offer, which is available online, via ticket vending machines and from ticket offices, follows a successful trial in 2022. 

Dales Railcards are available for just £10 per year.

The route travels along the world famous Settle to Carlisle line. 

The Settle to Carlisle line cuts through the northern Pennines and Yorkshire Dales and was a triumph of Victorian engineering and architecture when it opened in the 19th century.

The 72-mile route, with its 22 viaducts, including the magnificent 24-arch Ribblehead viaduct, and 14 tunnels, is regularly voted one of the 10 greatest train journeys in the world.

Mark Powles, commercial and customer director at Northern, said: “For anyone in Carlisle planning a trip to Leeds - a Dales Railcard is a ‘must have’.

“With a 50 per cent discount for adults and 81 per cent for children, your money goes a lot further when you travel by rail.”

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Commenting on their work with tourist boards across the North of England, Mr Powles added: “We’re always looking for ways to support the visitor economies of towns and cities across our network.

“During the winter months, when the number of people exploring the region is lower, we have extra capacity on our services – and it makes sense to offer a discount to stimulate demand.”

On Sunday, December 10, rail timetables across the North of England will change in line with the rest of the National Rail network. Customers are encouraged to use the ‘Check My Timetable’ feature on the Northern website for more information about their local station.