More people than last year are visiting Birmingham this weekend to make the most of the last summer Bank Holiday in 2009.
Passengers travelling to the second city on Virgin Trains have dramatically shot up compared to this time last year.
Advance ticket sales to Birmingham have increased by 32 per cent to 4,350, as have those to London – which is proving to be the most popular destination.
Some 31,000 tickets have already been purchased to London while Glasgow, Carlisle and the Lake District are proving popular with 6,600 advance bookings.
Manchester remains the second most popular destination, with Birmingham fourth, narrowly behind Glasgow.
Petrol price increases and traffic congestion make train journeys an easy option and Virgin are expecting one of the busiest August Bank Holidays to date.
Jim Rowe, communications manager at Virgin Trains, said: “With more frequent services, we’re keen to encourage more people to stay within the UK and use the train wherever possible.”
John Lamb, of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, said the only factor likely to ruin a potential money-spinning weekend was poor weather.