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TSSA Welcomes Rise In Rail Over Air Figures

11 November 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has welcomed news that the proportion of people travelling between London and Glasgow by rail rather than air has reached a record level.

According to Virgin Trains in the 12 months to July 2019, 29 per cent of passengers chose to travel with the train company rather than fly.

This is nearly two percentage points higher than the previous record set in 2014, during the Commonwealth Games.

Commenting, Cortes said: “This is very welcome news, but we must go further. Our country needs new rail lines, affordable fares and a High-Speed network all the way to Scotland.

“There is an urgent need to get more people and freight onto rail, to help our fight against climate change while at the same time using an extended rail network to boost regional and local economies.

“Privatisation has failed. Our railways are run in the interests of shareholders rather than the people of our country. The only sure way to ensure we have a lasting modal shift to rail is through public ownership of our network.”

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.

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