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Bits: Thameslink / Great Northern declassify First, BA’s short-haul deep clean, Hilton Blackpool goes to Britannia!

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News in brief:

Thameslink and Great Northern declassify First Class

As part of their attempts to get passengers moving during the current major service disruptions, both Thameslink and Great Northern trains have declassified First Class in the AM and PM peak periods.

This is worth knowing if you are heading to Luton or Gatwick Airport over the next two weeks.

This will run until 15th July when a new interim timetable is launched.

  • The AM peak is from 6.30am to 9.30am, Monday to Friday
  • The PM peak is from 4.00pm to 7.15pm, Monday to Friday

First Class season ticket holders can claim a refund – full details are on the Thameslink website.  Thanks to Andy for this.

Thameslink First Class declassified

The British Airways ultra deep clean moves to short-haul

British Airways has now completed the deep clean of all of its Heathrow based long-haul aircraft.  A new 45-day inspection cycle is now in place which will hopefully stop the planes getting back into the state they were.

Starting next week, all 116 Heathrow-based short-haul aircraft will begin to undergo the ‘Ultra Clean’ process.  It will take a while to work through the fleet but there should be improvements in overall cleanliness.

Hilton Blackpool

Britannia Hotels to take over the Hilton Blackpool

We recently reported that the Hilton Blackpool was deflagging – although the good news is that a new Hampton by Hilton (click for details) is now open in Blackpool and is getting good reviews.

It seems that Hilton Blackpool will now be run by Britannia Hotels which is, erm, interesting.  The local council is not happy.

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  1. Those two places, and occasionally the Village hotel are the only places I’d consider staying.

  2. Lady London says:

    Apparently Blackpool has a nice hotel out of town that used to be called the De Vere? Wondering if anybody knows what it’s called now.

    Otherwise I’ll be trying the Premier Inn or the Hampton next time. I certainly wouldn;t go back to the IBIS Styles (the old Clifton/Travelodge) despite its marvellous location. Not even if I got a free room. And sadly it’s nothing like the worst in Blackpool. Is there anyone that doesn’t get depressed visiting the place?

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