Firms urged to let train take strain

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A NEW report has urged business travellers to choose rail rather than a plane for trips between Edinburgh and 
London.

The study by campaign group Transform Scotland claims the financial benefit of making an Edinburgh-London return journey amounts to £217, including the value of productive working time and other benefits.

Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “Our report makes a compelling case to Scottish business of the financial and productivity benefits of using the train for business travel to and from London.

“Our challenge is to try the train. Given that it’s generally cheaper and provides a productive working environment, Scottish businesses can gain financially by switching many more of their employees’ trips on to rail.”

Rail currently carries an estimated 12 per cent of Edinburgh-London business travel.