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GTMC welcomes public consultation to reform rail ticket sales

Adrian Parkes, CEO, GTMC comments:   “The announcement of a public consultation by the rail industry to reform and offer a simplified and fairer ticketing system is welcome news for both the business travel industry and the wider UK economy.  

“It has been encouraging to see the government recognise the need for increased investment in regional rail infrastructure. However, for rail to remain a relevant form of transport for business travellers, similar improvements need to be made not only to the rail network and facilities onboard such as wifi access and adequate seating but to the current regulations around rail ticketing and fares. Our own research within the business travel community has highlighted that there is strong demand for more flexible ticketing. Over two thirds of those business travellers we questioned (66 per cent) stated they were very interested in flexible ticketing that enabled you to change the times of a journey. Greater clarity and a fairer, simpler approach to fares is needed so that business travellers can be incentivised to use the rail network.”  

Representing a diverse range of travel management companies – from global companies to small independent specialists and top regional agencies – GTMC, originally founded in 1967, is the voice of business travel and acts to lobby those who have an impact on the business travel community, together with promoting the activities of its members as the best in quality and value to the business traveller.

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