European high-speed rail links 'helping the environment'
26 January 2009 10:27
High-speed rail links which are now available across much of Europe are encouraging people to be more environmentally-friendly when abroad, it has been claimed.
Association of Train Operating Companies said that this type of travel, which is better for the environment than flying, is attracting more holidaymakers to opt to get to their destination by rail.
Hassard Stacpool, media relations manager at the association, said that research shows that rail could be one way to help cut carbon emissions.
"Certainly, experience on the continent shows that when high-speed lines are invested into they do attract passengers away from the airlines and the roads so it is certainly part of the long-term solution," he said.
Britain is currently a long way behind European destinations in developing high-speed rail links with Spain, Italy, France, Germany all investing millions in improving their transport systems.
Whether travelling by train or airplane, holidaymakers are warned that it is vital that adequate travel insurance is acquired to ensure they are covered for any eventuality.