Young business travellers reject nationalisation

Just six per cent of young business travellers, aged 18-34 are in favour of nationalisation of the UK rail network. This generational split saw more than twice as many (15 per cent) 50-59 year-olds supporting nationalisation as the fairest action for Government to take when a train operating company has a consistently poor satisfaction rating with passengers over several years.

Research exclusive to the GTMC, conducted by AudienceNet, revealed that business travellers are keen for Government to work with existing operators to resolve issues. Almost a third (27 per cent) of frequent business travellers see this as the fairest action to take. The number opting for nationalisation was level with those who believe in investment in the operator (10 per cent), both were behind the second most popular option, consultation with passengers (19 per cent).  

Paul Wait, CEO, GTMC, said:   “It is evident that government action needs to be taken to improve the UK rail network and frequent business travellers have made it clear that nationalisation is not the popular nor the right option. This research clearly demonstrates that frequent business travellers want to see the Government working in partnership with train operating companies to resolve problems rather than taking ideological positions which will cause major instability to the rail network. In our own election manifesto we have also called on the next government to complete rail infrastructure improvements, such as HS2, in a timely fashion. The UK rail network is vital for facilitating business travel within the UK and overseas and without an effective service economic growth will be diminished.”  

The full Business Rail Travel research report will be revealed at the GTMC Overseas Conference in Monaco. One of the most influential events in the business travel calendar, the conference will be held from 4-6 June 2017 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza and will celebrate the GTMC’s 50th anniversary.

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