Business travel is a necessary part of many workers’ professional lives, and for good reason; trips can take place for any number of reasons, from drumming up new business to appeasing existing clients and beyond. The problem lies in how a given business handles travel.
Private travel from place to place – that is, by car and under your own steam – can be at once tiring and expensive. Public transport alternatives are often the better choice for workers, due to a great many different factors. But why exactly is it that business travel is better by train?
First and perhaps foremost, both for worker and for business, is cost. Travelling by train is often cheaper than travelling by car, whatever the distance. Longer-distance trips make sense in this regard, owing to the rising price of petrol, but even short hops across London can be cheaper by train on account of all the charges that exist to disincentivise car travel.
Save the Environment
Taking the train instead of driving – or indeed flying – is also demonstrably better for the environment. Sustainability is a particularly sticky issue at present, as worsening weather conditions constitute experimental proof of how pollution has impacted our delicate ecological balance on Earth. Taking the train can be instrumental in reducing both your workers’ and business’ carbon footprints, with knock-on impacts for the reputation of your business too.
Another major advantage to taking the train is the relative centrality of train stations to urban hubs. Train stations are often right in the middle of things, making it far quicker and easier for travellers to make their appointments. Airports are generally kept quite far from urban centres, and often connect to them – almost ironically – by train. Why not cut out the middleman and train it straight over, saving yourself time and unnecessary security steps?
It cannot be ignored, either, that rail travel is often more comfortable than other alternative forms. While driving is said to be the ultimate travel comfort, this conveniently ignores the inevitable cramps you feel during hour three of your motorway drive. Trains remove responsibility from you, giving you the option to stretch out, do something else, or even nap as you speed your way to your destination.
Work as You Go
Speaking of which, that devolution of responsibility can be a major boon for productivity. Train travel enables workers to catch up on workload or prepare for their trip without being distracted by their travel – particularly if they use the quiet carriage…