Below we explain more about what they are, why we use them and how you can manage your cookie settings.
Cookies are used to help improve the experience and to make journeys more relevant. A cookie is a small text file which we transfer to your hard drive through your web browser when you visit our website or open certain emails. It enables our own system to recognise you when you visit our website again and improve our service to you. This information can be used to enhance the content of our website.
Three types of cookies may be used during your visit to our website.
Session cookies are stored on your computer's memory during the browsing session and are automatically deleted from your computer when the browser is closed or the session is deemed to have ended. These cookies usually store a session ID that is not personally identifiable to users, allowing the user to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly. They can also become inaccessible after the session has been inactive for a specified length of time, usually 20 or 30 minutes.
Persistent cookies are stored on your computer and are not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies can be used to retain your preferences for a particular website, allowing those preferences to be used in future browsing sessions.
Persistent cookies usually assign a unique ID to the user’s browser and they are usually configured to identify a user for a prolonged period of time, from days to months or even years.
Third party cookies are used to improve our understanding of how users interact with our advertising, allowing us to deliver more relevant advertising to users. By using our site, you agree that we can place these cookies on your device. Find out more about the cookies on this site.
You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of our site will not work. Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.allaboutcookies.org (opens in new window) to find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout (opens in new window)