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Pros and Cons of Rail Travel for Businesses

 

Are you trying to figure out the best way to travel on business? Are you weighing up cost effectiveness, journey times, personal requirements and more? If you’re not sure whether train travel is right for your business needs, take a look at the pros and cons below.

Pros

Fast and efficient

When you travel by rail, you can often get from A to B much faster than alternative transport methods, like driving. This is particularly relevant for those doing long journeys. For example, the fastest train route from York to London takes just an hour and 48 minutes, while driving would typically take over four hours. This is the same case for travel around London itself, with trains to Old Street from London Kings Cross departing every 3 minutes on average and taking 1

4 minutes, with no worry about traffic jams.  

Extra time

On the train, you can sleep, relax, work – whatever you want, which is a luxury you don’t get when you’re driving. Most trains have Wi-Fi that you can connect to which is great if you’re doing a long journey and want to get some work done on route. This means the time you spend travelling can be productive and is not ‘lost time’ that you’d otherwise spend in a car.

Cons

Expensive

Train tickets can be expensive, particularly if you buy them at the last minute. Most businesses will want to make travel as low-cost as possible, which can sometimes make impromptu train travel unappealing. However, if you can plan meetings or work events in advance, you can take advantage of much cheaper rail fares. Advance tickets are usually available 8-12 weeks ahead of the journey time and offer significantly reduced fares compared with tickets bought on the day of or day before travel.

Less control

Travelling by train can sometimes mean you have less control over the structure of your day, because you must hop onboard when there is a train available. This gives you less flexibility with the time you can set off than if you were driving. Plus, sometimes trains can be delayed due to bad weather conditions, signal failures or work on the line which can have a knock-on effect for the rest of your day. This is completely out of your control.

No mode of transport is ever going to be ‘perfect’, so the key is to establish which elements of the journey are most important to you and which mode of transport can most adequately deliver your requirements.