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Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
New research released by Network Rail today suggests that 98 per cent of Brits are planning to stay in the UK this August bank holiday, and well over two thirds (77 per cent) do not want to venture too far from home.
Staycations are ever more popular and the August bank holiday sits as the top of the pile. Many people will have already taken their big summer holiday and just want a few days close to home, especially those with children getting ready for the autumn term.
When you only have a few days, and it is the last bank holiday before Christmas, travelling abroad can be high risk and very tiring so opting for an easy, stress free solution is very appealing.
Professor Isabellie Szmigin from Birmingham University’s business school, an expert in consumer behaviour
But with a third of people (33 per cent) still undecided as to whether to stay at home or venture out for a day trip or for the weekend, there are still plenty of travel plans to be made, with almost 80 per cent of those who are keen to head out only willing to travel for up to two hours.
Britain’s rail network is open for business over the bank holiday weekend with some great destinations well within a two-hour reach. But with a £133m investment programme in full swing – aimed at building a bigger, better railway – potential passengers need to plan ahead and check before they travel as some lines, particularly those in and out of the capital, will see services heavily impacted. This record amount of rail investment work will lead to new services, thousands of extra seats to help relieve over-crowding, and new, faster trains running on a more reliable network.