Sus-train-able travel

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RAIL Europe and Eurostar have hailed their com­pany’s sus­tain­abil­ity ef­forts, laud­ing train travel as the way of the fu­ture, par­tic­u­larly in the short­haul mar­ket.

“One of the key pil­lars with how we want to po­si­tion our prod­uct mov­ing for­ward is how sus­tain­able it is,” Rail Europe Gen­eral Man­ager Business Asia Pa­cific Richard Leonard told TD at an event in Syd­ney last night.

“It is the most en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way to travel out­side of cycling, and we’re us­ing that as a key to fur­ther lever­age our prod­uct,” he said.

“In terms of car­bon foot­print, we’re about 10% of a flight,” Eurostar Head of In­di­rect Sales & Dis­tri­bu­tion Paul Brind­ley said.

“When you look at go­ing from Heathrow or Lon­don City Air­port to Paris, it’s a jour­ney time of over four hours and you’re not in the city cen­tre ei­ther way... whereas we get you into the city cen­tre in two hours & 20 min­utes.

“You’re see­ing more when you don’t fly, you’re see­ing other cities go by, you’re get­ting much more of an ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Pic­tured are Leonard and Brind­ley last night at a soiree in Syd­ney - more on page two.

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