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Rural rail firing on all engines as more people escape to the country by train

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Rural rail lines are firing on all engines as more and more people are escaping to the country … by train.

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It’s official – more and more people are escaping to the country … by train.

According to ATOC, the Association of Train Operating Companies, some rural railway lines have seen passenger numbers double over the last year as more Brits have been swapping holidays to the Costas for ‘staycations’ by Blighty’s rolling countryside.

In fact, rural travel has increased so much that 40 million local and rural rail journeys now take place every year.

And it’s not all just holidaymakers swapping cramped economy flights and pricey air surcharges for cheap train tickets and cheap first class train tickets.

As ATOC’s Edward Welsh has said more people have turned to trains for cheap everyday travel too.

Mr Welsh said: “The staycation trend that has seen more people holiday in the UK over recent years has undoubtedly played a big part in the significant increases that we have seen on many of these small, rural lines.

“But a combination of reliability, value for money, comfort and better promotion have contributed to increasing numbers of local people using branch lines as a way to get out and about throughout the year.

“The resurgence of many of these lines is good news for rural economies. Having a rail link that brings hundreds of thousands of people a year into towns and villages helps to ensure vibrant and thriving rural economies.”

Don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets if you’re looking to escape to the country.

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