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Published on : Monday, August 21, 2017
Scotland has been witnessing a ‘historic shift’ in travel patterns since an increasing number of Scotland-London passengers have started opting for trains instead of planes as their preferred mode of transport than any time in over 20 years.
The latest statistics by Virgin Trains have revealed an 18% year-on-year growth in the passengers travelling between Glasgow/ Edinburgh and London in the month of June.
The company has also mentioned that this had given it a 33% share of the air or rail market on the busiest domestic air routes of the UK that had surpassed the previously set record set in the year 2014. A rail operator has said that the growth on the west coast route between Glasgow and London has saved a great deal of carbon dioxide to take at least 145,000 cars off the road for an entire year.
The managing director of Virgin Trains, David Horne said that when they had started off with the route of the east coast they had set targets for gaining a 50% market share between Edinburgh and London within 2023.
He went on to add that their passengers had responded positively to the improvements in the arena of customer service as well as some investment in the interiors of the new trains and other services.
The shift in travel patterns coincide with a new report exploring the environmental benefits of train as compared to plane travel.
In the month of June in 2017, as much as 1,80,000 passengers had travelled on the services of Virgin Trains that provided service between London and Edinburgh and Glasgow and the east coast and also London the west coast marking a rise from 152,000, a year earlier.