Railways still unpopular

Travellers prefer flight

Travel Insurance News - 01/01/2008

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The threat of global warming and the call for a less selfish attitude to short haul flights has not dampened travellers' preferred form of transport.

Domestic flights have risen by a third in seven years this is in direct contrast to the amount that has been ploughed in to the rail systems in the UK. The official advice has been to avoid air travel within the UK and to use the rail network and trunk roads. New air routes are being created between destinations less than 200 miles apart in spite of protests by environmental groups who say that domestic flights should be made unnacceptable and argue that the only routes to and from Manchester or Newcastle from London should be by rail.

Airlines offer around 50,000 seats each week on routes from London and Manchester, the airlines say that the reason why they are increasing their domestic customer base is due to high rail fares and a change in timetables. During 2006 there were more than 1,200 domestic flights daily a total of 454,000, compared with a total in 2001 of 391,000. Airfares have halved over the past 10 years, the cost of long distance rail travel has risen by almost 30 per cent.

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