With Covid restrictions now winding down, more and more of us are returning to the office and commuting back to work, whether this is full time on site or hybrid. The commute can be a major part of our working lives. Many of us spend up to 2 hours every day travelling to and from work. Therefore, it is important that you spend this time being as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
Why not take the train instead of driving? There are lots of benefits to using the train for your commute. It can help to lower your carbon footprint and give you the opportunity to catch up on any last-minute meeting preparations, and it can be a relaxing way to watch the world go by. Here are our top reasons to travel by train.
Why you should take the train
Environmentally friendly – Most forms of public transport can be considered as environmentally friendly, and less pollutant than driving your car. The Transport and Environment report found that transport accounted for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, with air travel contributing to 13%, and trains contributing only 0.4% to emissions. Therefore, if you live near good transport links, it is a great way to do your part in reducing climate change and book train tickets on popular routes where possible.
Less stress – Travelling by train can often be less stressful than driving, as you do not have to stress about traffic, directions or other road users. You are able to sit back, relax and watch the world go by. Or you could even make this time productive and get on with some work!
Saves time and cost
If you are commuting regularly to work, it can often be worthwhile buying a monthly or annual travel pass. This way, you can use the train for an unlimited number of times, which is always convenient if you have forgot something in the office! Train times can often be faster than driving, meaning that you are able to get to your location quicker, getting back home to enjoy your free time.
Whilst sitting on the train, this is your free time, and you can do whatever you want that makes you feel happy and relaxed. Whether this be chatting to a fellow commuter, enjoying a good book or watching the world go by.
Research has shown that 23% of people rated “me time” as the biggest benefits to commuting, as it is an ideal time to catch up on anything that you may have missed, from TV shows to browsing on social media.