Younger business travellers far more welcoming of HS2 than older counterparts

Seven in ten business travellers under the age of 30 are in support of the government’s HS2 rail project, according to new research.

Figures from the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) following a recent survey into the reception of high-speed rail links across Britain show 70 per cent of younger professionals giving the green light to the government’s plans. says the more youthful delegate is buying into government claims that HS2 will shave precious minutes off journey times, with 30 per cent of younger travellers believing this to be the biggest benefit of the project.

However, such a positive reception was not evident in the older age category, with just over half (56 per cent) of travellers aged 30 or above giving their approval to HS2.

While travel chiefs will be forced to listen to the concerns of older professionals, GTMC chief executive Paul Wait said the vote of the younger traveller was essential given that HS2 is a project for the future.

He labelled the opinions of younger business travellers “essential”, saying they recognise the benefits of a project that has the potential to open up new opportunities for their careers, businesses and future plans.

“We strongly encourage the government and HS2 decision makers to remember the long term importance of a greatly improved rail link between more of the UK and Europe,” he added.

According to, the government hopes to have the first high-speed rail link running between Birmingham and London by 2016.