The new Virgin Trains East Coast booking engine (currently in beta) will bring back the ability to purchase mobile tickets (m-tickets), a feature removed from the old site after a number of problems with the old 'Ticket Wallet' app but now m-tickets have had their time and should be replaced by e-tickets which are much more flexible.
You most likely have heard of Santander Cycles although you may know then as Boris Bikes or even Barclays Bikes after the previous sponsor. They're probably the most well known on-demand cycle hire scheme in the UK although other cities are certainly catching up. The scheme is based around a network of docking stations in central London, you have to return the bikes to a free space in one of the docks when finished with them.
A recent Sunday Times article suggested that more and more people were flying 'ABBA' (anyone but BA). Never missing an opportunity Virgin Atlantic responded with an ABBA themed ad.
Virgin Trains East Coast released their 'Travel Buddy' app for iOS and Android recently, before discussing what makes this app disappointing here's a video of the iOS app store reviews at the time of writing. Everyone has rated the app one star so far which is the lowest score available.
#BrandConfusion - when Virgin isn't Virgin
When Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) was launched on 1st March 2015 the operator had its own logo and all announcements and publicity clearly stated 'Virgin Trains East Coast'. This was still confusing as Virgin Trains on the west coast never officially changed their name to Virgin Trains West Coast so many people assumed 'Virgin Trains' was the master brand that covered both franchises. This has never been the case.
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There's so many good places to go along the east coast and taking a bike with you is a great way of exploring even if you only have a few hours available. Combine this with the excellent 'Hot Cakes' flash sales that Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) have run on some weekends and you have a great recipe for a cheap and enjoyable day trip.