Northern has now announced plans to reward 1,000 of its season ticket customers with the cost of their commute for free.
Hot on the heels of its headline-grabbing £1 ‘Flash Sale’ – which saw the train operator sell one million train tickets across the north for just £1 last week – Northern is now looking to make life easier for commuters across Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and beyond with the launch of its ‘Big Commuter Giveaway’.
The new promotion means that anyone who buys a daily, weekly, or annual Northern season ticket during September or October 2022 could be in with the chance of winning their commute for free.
They’ll be entered into a draw to get the cost of their ticket back up to the value of £100.
500 commuters a month will be chosen as winners in the move Northern hopes will encourage more people to “ditch the car and take the train to work”.
Speaking on the launch of the new ‘Big Commuter Giveaway’ promotion, Mark Powles – Customer and Commercial Director at Northern – said: “Following the success of our £1 flash sale, we wanted to give something back to our season ticket customers who commute to work with us on a regular basis.
“And to those that haven’t bought a season ticket before, but are facing rising petrol prices and mounting city centre parking charges, we hope the chance to win back the cost of their commute might help convince them to make the switch from road to rail.”
Mr Powles also promised new commuters will be “pleasantly surprised” by services.
He added: “We’ve made great strides in the last 12-18 months in terms of the customer experience, with our new fleet of modern trains and station renovations.
“I’m confident new rail commuters will be pleasantly surprised.”
Find out more about Northern’s ‘Big Commuter Giveaway’ promotion here.
In the latest twist that virtually everyone saw coming, the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight looks like it has been called off yet again. Is anyone even still bothered at this point?
Fury broke the news via Instagram on Monday evening, revealing that he had not received a signed contract from Joshua before his self-imposed 5pm deadline and that the long-awaited all match-up is now off the table.
Joshua’s last two fights came against the Usyk, in which he lost both the first bout and the rematch, going viral with a rather bizarre speech in the immediate aftermath.
As well as questioning how the Ukrainian could have beaten him when he’s “not strong”, he references everything from the Russian invasion to his weight and time in prison.
As for Usyk, he is the only real opponent Fury is likely to face and the pair have been open about arranging a fight, despite both having made it quite clear that they hope to retire in the new future.
Gary Neville insists he has ‘no intention’ of going into politics
Gary Neville has made his stance clear and insisted that he has absolutely “no intention” of going into politics in the future.
The former Manchester United and England footballer, turned manager, pundit, and commentator, made a guest starring appearance at the 2022 Labour Party Conference yesterday – which is currently being held in Liverpool – to give a speech at an event about the future of football.
The Bury-born 47-year-old also threw his support behind party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
But despite becoming a followed figure and somewhat of a voice on current political affairs since his retirement from the game, and most significantly within the last couple of years of Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and under the leadership of several Conservative Prime Ministers, Neville has claimed that he still does not intend to venture into politics.
He also said that he was “not going to be tempted” to become an MP and stand in the upcoming by-election in West Lancashire.
The former right back said he does not “need to be an MP” to support the Labour party.
Neville told BBC Politics that a venture into politics is “something I’ve been asked about regularly over the last 12 – 18 months,” but clarified that he’s “got no intention of going into politics at all”, primarily because “I love what I do so much”.
He continued: “The reality is I love what I do so much. I love what I do in football, I love what I do in Greater Manchester with the businesses that I co-own, and I have to say I wouldn’t want to give that up as I feel as though I’m happy in what I’m doing.
“I want to continue doing the things that I’m doing locally in Greater Manchester.
“And I have to say that I feel politically motivated, but I can do as much, I think, for the Labour Party by being here as I can do being an MP.