Less planes, more trains in UK travel

04 July 2007

Figures released this week show that the use of planes for domestic travel is falling while train passenger numbers increase. Keith Norman, ASLEF’s general secretary, welcomed the news, and attributes it to an increased awareness of environmental issues, the convenience of going from city centre to city centre, delays caused by increased security at airports, more investment in rail and the doubling of airport tax. He said the trend was ‘positive and encouraging’, adding that he was convinced it would continue over the long-term.

Last week the Belgian airline VLM scrapped its Liverpool to London flights and the number of domestic travellers at Manchester Airport fell by 8.6% in the first five months of this year – while train journeys between Manchester and the capital increased by 18.2% over the same period.

Business travellers are attracted by improved train services, and especially features like power sockets and WiFi wireless internet which are available at tables in many of the newer carriages.

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