Silverstone Circuit has teamed up with Virgin Trains to run a direct 'F1 Express' public transport service from central London to Silverstone on race day of the 2013 F1 British Grand Prix.

The service is available to anyone purchasing a Sunday grandstand ticket for the race, and provides fans with return travel to and from the Northamptonshire circuit.

With only a limited number of places still available on the 'F1 Express', Silverstone is urging fans to take advantage of the offer before these places go off sale at 09:00hrs on Monday 24 June.

The specially chartered Virgin 'F1 Express' train will transfer passengers from London to the Northamptonshire circuit in 90 minutes, and depart from London Euston at 07:30hrs.

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The train will stop at Watford before continuing its journey to Milton Keynes, where passengers will then be transferred by coach directly to the main entrance at Silverstone, arriving at 09:00hrs.

Also included in the price is a return ticket to London, departing Silverstone at 16:15hrs and arriving at London Euston at 18:00hrs.

Silverstone's tie-up with Virgin Trains is the first step in a long-term partnership to further improve access to the British Grand Prix for travellers from the South East. With 80% of tickets on the 'F1 Express' already sold, plans are now being made to expand the service in 2014 to include direct trains from Birmingham and Manchester.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director, Silverstone Circuit says he is pleased to be able to offer greater transport, and is looking to expand the service in future: "We are delighted to have teamed up with Virgin Trains to offer British Grand Prix fans the 'F1 Express' train service direct to Silverstone," he said.

"We decided to trial this new public transport option from London this year and it's proved to be very popular. So much so that we'll be looking to expand the operation further for 2014, offering a similar service to and from other major cities around the country."