• Chiltern Railways research of 1025 of those who travel for work by train shows that taking the train can lessen the strain
• Research shows taking the train can help restore the work/life balance with 6 out of 10 of those surveyed taking the train so they can work on the move, rather than catch up at home
• 4 out of 10 train passengers take the train because its more relaxing than driving for work
Extensive research carried out by ORB on behalf of Chiltern Railways identified that travelling by train for work can reduce stress and improve work/life balance due to a number of factors, so Chiltern Railways are reminding commuters of the benefits of leaving on time and working on the go.
Interestingly, of the 1025 surveyed 60% stated that they chose to travel by train rather than drive because it allows them to work on the move, compared with just 4% of car drivers.
52% of train travellers work on the train because they are busy at work and 41% say it’s so they don’t have to work when they get home and can therefore spend more time with family.
When asked why they choose to travel for work by train 40% of those surveyed said they found it the most relaxing way to travel, compared with just 11% of drivers choosing to travel by car for the same reason.
The ability to indulge in more relaxing pastimes on the train is also a major choice factor, with 61% saying they enjoy the time to engage in non-work activity, such as catching up with friends, checking social media channels, surfing the net and watching films; which are particularly popular with 18-34 year old rail travellers. Traditional relaxing pastimes such as reading books, magazines and papers are still very much in favour with commuters.
Rob Brighouse, Managing Director of Chiltern Railways says: “With recent figures from the TUC indicating Britons spend more time working than their European counterparts and more than four million full-time employees working more than 48 hours per week, it is good to know that rail travel can help to restore work/life balance and reduce stress. Our trains are designed to be comfortable yet practical with free Wi-Fi, tables and power points at nearly every seat. National Stress Awareness Month is a good opportunity to look at your commute and assess if a switch to the train is an option. Whilst we don’t advocate working longer hours we acknowledge that travelling by train can help reduce stress by avoiding staying in the office as late.”
For more information, contact Emma Gascoigne, Communications and Social Media Manager on 020 7333 3014.