Train travel up while flights drop

by Emily DUNBAR on April 5, 2011

New figures have revealed that train travel in the UK is soaring, while the number of people catching flights between cities has reduced. According to the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), if the trend continues, train travel between major cities will overtake air travel in popularity.

The switch to rail is thought to be down to environmental concerns as well as cuts in business travel budgets and increased check-in times at airports due to security concerns.

A spokesman for the ATOC said that unlike air travel, taking the train allows passengers to go directly from one city centre to another without undergoing lengthy security checks. He added that cheap fares, of which around 800,000 a week are sold, are also becoming more readily available on trains.

The ATOC figures suggest that train travel among people journeying from Edinburgh to London has shot up from 17 percent in 2006 to 27 percent this year. Meanwhile, 28 percent less people have been making the trip by flight.

In addition, the percentage of people travelling from Glasgow to the English capital by rail has doubled to 20 percent in 2010. Flights between the two cities fell by the same amount over the same period.

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