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22 May 2009 12:05:08

Consumers prefer planes to trains despite emissions

Consumers prefer planes to trains despite emissions
The problem people face when campaigning for a reduction in carbon emissions from UK domestic flights is that consumers often find them the cheapest way to travel.

That is according to the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT), which suggested that the number of domestic routes offered in Britain has climbed rapidly as a result of the growing numbers of regional airliners that are expanding their services.

Speaking for the association, public transport campaigner Cat Hobbs suggested that the government has given too many tax breaks to the aviation industry, helping to create a situation where short-haul flying is "too cheap".

She said: "People know that flying is not good and that it is better to take the train but it has to be easy for them to take the green option and it has to be affordable.

Ms Hobbs added that dwindling investment in the UK's rail system meant that train fares have continued to rise in recent years. This has made flying a much simpler lifestyle choice for consumers to take.

"If people can't afford to take the train, they are going to fly instead," she warned.

Previously, the CBT has cited findings from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which suggest that the UK's aviation sector could produce 134 percent more greenhouse gases than government targets for the country's total output by 2050.



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