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Travelling to business meetings used to mean a wasted day and, for many, that still applies, but Virgin Trains is quashing the myth with its fleet of modern trains and frequent services. Virgin Trains enables executives and employees to be as accessible and productive as they need to be, throughout the entire journey.


IMPROVED SERVICES, MORE PRODUCTIVE JOURNEYS


In December 2008 Virgin Trains introduced a faster, more frequent timetable, slashing travel time along the west coast. Since then, passenger figures have increased year-on- year by 15%, with 26 million customers a year using the service. In the improved timetable, services from London Euston to Manchester take just over two hours and Glasgow four and a half. At a time when budgets are under scrutiny, companies mistakenly consider only the bottom line when booking corporate travel; however savings made in budget, or top-line travel time, is often lost in productivity. Travel by air to Glasgow might save an hour in overall time, but realistically only offers an hour of usable work time. By car, productivity is negligible: hands-free calls at most. In comparison, around 80% of a Virgin Trains journey is productive.


“From start to finish travel with Virgin Trains is smoother, more comfortable and more productive”


True cost savings in business travel are realised by enabling executives to work effectively, safely and comfortably. All Virgin Trains services now have an enhanced mobile reception, plus high-speed Wi-Fi that even works in tunnels. For office gadgets there are power points to ensure that laptops never die and Blackberries are fully charged. Passengers can read emails, access the internet or analyse data in the Quiet Zone. First Class passengers benefit


Source: Defra and DECC’s 2009 Guidelines *Monday to Friday average journey times


from a complimentary Wi-Fi connection, a roomier, peaceful environment, plus tables at every seat. They also enjoy a full at-seat service, offering refreshments and an impressive seasonal menu, ensuring that they arrive fully refreshed and ready for business.


BEFORE AND AFTER SERVICE


Virgin Trains First Class customers have access to its 10 First Class lounges, with complimentary Wi-Fi. Euston Lounge also boasts a fully equipped meeting room, shower facilities, Quiet Zone and a charging bank for all makes of mobile phones. Every opportunity has been taken to ensure the most proactive working environment.


MEET YOUR CSR TARGETS – GO BY TRAIN


Virgin Trains services go straight into the heart of the city, reducing the additional expense of taxis and cars, plus additional paperwork. Add in a reduced carbon footprint and the case becomes stronger still: Planes and cars emit over 100%


more CO2 per passenger km than trains, helping to meet corporate and social responsibility targets.


From start to finish travel with Virgin Trains is smoother, more comfortable and more productive – better value for the environment, the employee and the bottom line. The old myth: out of office out of touch no longer applies in today’s corporate world.


To discuss your business requirements, contact Magali Kennedy: 07785 927649 or magali.kennedy@virgintrains.co.uk


Virgin Trains key journey times*: London:


to Birmingham - 1hr 24mins to Manchester - 2hrs 8mins to Glasgow - 4hrs 31mins


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