Northern Rail has issued a caution to hen, stag, and sten parties regarding inappropriate conduct as it introduces its ‘groups winter sale’.

The train operator, whose network spans towns, cities, seaside resorts, and rural areas popular for pre-wedding and civil ceremony festivities, has requested these groups to be considerate of fellow passengers, moderate their alcohol consumption while on board, and display courtesy towards train and station staff.

In return, groups comprising ten or more individuals qualify for a 75% discount on their travel expenses for bookings made before Monday 6th November, applicable for journeys between then and Thursday 29th February (2024).

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Sports teams, hiking parties, and other social groups are also entitled to this discount. Northern encourages anyone travelling with friends, family, or colleagues in large groups to plan ahead and take advantage of the offer.

Mark Powles, commercial and customer director at Northern, said: “Our network connects people to the best nightlife, attractions, activities and landscapes the North of England has to offer – and with our ‘groups winter sale’ there’s never been a better time to book.

“We do, however, have a responsibility to all our customers to ensure large groups show respect to other passengers, our trains and colleagues.”

Youth groups, who already benefit from reduced-price child fares, are also being offered an additional 50%-off for groups of ten or more as part of the ‘group travel sale’.

Powles added: “We want everyone to make the train their number one choice for group travel and hope that our ‘groups winter sale’ will help convert groups like these from road to rail.”

Northern stands as the UK’s second-largest train operator, providing 2,500 daily services to over 500 stations throughout the North of England.