TRAIN operator Northern has issued a warning to hen, stag and sten parties (combined stag and hen parties) about unacceptable behaviour as it launches its ‘groups winter sale’.

Northern's network covers towns, cities, seaside resorts and rural locations popular for pre-wedding and civil ceremony celebrations, and has asked these groups to be mindful of other customers, moderate their alcohol in-take on board and show respect to train crew and station staff.

In return, groups of ten people or more are eligible for 75 per cent off the cost of their travel for bookings made before Monday, November 6 and for travel between then and Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Tickets must be bought in advance of travel at:

Sports teams, walking parties and other social groups are also eligible for the discount, with Northern encouraging anyone travelling with friends, family or colleagues in large groups to plan ahead and make use of the discount.

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.

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