Nov 11, 2019

London-Glasgow passengers choose rail over air

The proportion of people travelling between London and Glasgow by rail rather than air has reached a record level, according to Virgin Trains. The figures released by Virgin Trains show the rise was driven by a 6% year-on-year increase in the number of passengers travelling between London and Glasgow by train, reaching 718,000. "Virgin Trains managing director Phil Whittingham said:"The number of people choosing train over plane is testament to the investment and improvement Virgin Trains has made in Anglo-Scottish services over the last two decades. "Colin Howden, director of sustainable transport charity Transform Scotland, said:"The current level of air travel is incompatible with the climate emergency so it's heartening to hear that rail is growing its market share over air for travel between central Scotland and London. "Comparable distances across Europe use rail rather than air as the dominant mode of transport, so it is overdue for Scotland to take action to cut the excessive volume of flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow to London."

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