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.