RDG hails rail tourism as key to UK’s econ­omy

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Rail tourism is gen­er­at­ing a £2 bil­lion boost to the UK econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to the Rail De­liv­ery Group (RDG).

In re­search pub­lished on Au­gust 24, the RDG high­lighted how the re­sorts of Tor­bay, Newquay and St Ives are served by trains car­ry­ing thou­sands of tourists, and how the in­dus­try sup­ports more than 100,000 jobs across the UK.

Data from Visit Eng­land GB Tourism Sur­vey looked at the coun­try’s top tourist des­ti­na­tions, and found that £10.8 mil­lion of Tor­bay’s eco­nomic ben­e­fits, £9.7m of Newquay’s and £5.9m of St Ives’ was de­liv­ered by rail.

Other ar­eas shown to ben­e­fit in­clude Bath (£7.6m) and Skeg­ness (£2.2m).

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