British business travellers develop preference for taking the train

British business travellers want to cut down on their overnight stays in favour of taking more train journeys, according to new research.

American Express Global Business Travel questioned over 500 professionals from the UK, finding that fewer delegates stay in a hotel when on trips up to around 200 miles away from home.

According to buyingbusinesstravel.com, 43 per cent of the UK travellers said they were making more day trips than overnight stays. That came despite 60 per cent saying they had combined a work outing with a holiday.

Over half of the group (52 per cent) said they preferred to take trains on trips below the 200 mile mark, which is now more feasible than ever due to improved services into a number of British cities. 

London, for example, boasts an excellent public transport network for those flocking to corporate venues around the capital.

Champa Magesh, UK general manager of American Express Global Business Travel, told incentivetravel.co.uk: “With European high-speed rail networks well established in Europe and phase one of the HS2 from London to Birmingham progressing, rail travel is becoming an increasingly popular business travel option, as is implementing a specific business travel strategy for rail travel.” 

A slightly different view was given when it came to trips over 200 miles, with 76 per cent declaring a preference for flying. Just 16 per cent chose the train, although 72 per cent preferred rail if it was more convenient.