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FEATURE: BUSINESS TRAVEL


Think business, think Chiltern Railways Mainline


Nicola Clark Head of Marketing and Communications


Good transport links are essential to a thriving business and your business can make savings and improve productivity by making the choice to travel with Chiltern Railways Mainline. In September, Chiltern


Railways revolutionised rail travel by upgrading their line from Birmingham Moor Street to Marylebone and cut journey times, so the quickest journey is now half an hour faster at just 90 minutes. This speedy upgrade is a big change, bringing with it more choice, which can only be a good thing for the West Midland business community. But it’s not just the journey time Chiltern Railways has changed, they have also revolutionized their on board experience, so you can increase your productivity when travelling and at the same time bringing a new type of travel experience. All Chiltern Mainline trains


have free Wi-Fi to make working on the go easier and they’ve also added a Business Zone to their silver Mainline trains. The cost savings that can be


made are phenomenal and the working environment is relaxing and productive. There’s never been more reasons to switch and travel with Chiltern Railways Mainline. The return walk up fare cost


for all stations in West Midlands (Solihull, Warwick Parkway and Leamington Spa are included within this price structure) is:


• £75 Any train, any day • £50 Any train, any day except trains arriving in London during the morning peak period


• £25 Any train, any day except trains arriving in London during the morning peak period or leaving London during the afternoon peak period


To find out more visit: www.chilternrailways.co.uk /mainline


SPONSORED BY: CHILTERN RAILWAYS REVIEW:PEUGEOT 508 ACTIVE HDI 112


Ultimate cure for road rage I


BY SUE COOKE


’ve spent the last three weekdays driving nearly 1,000 miles, much of it on the motorway. So I have witnessed more tailgating, undertaking and ‘cutting up’ than the average driver. These are the careless driving manoeuvres which the government is suggesting could result in immediate fines and points on licences. Which, says CFC Solutions, could


The four-door saloon has one FACTS AT A GLANCE


Model: Peugeot 508 Active HDi 112 Price: £20,250 Engine: 1.6 litre HDi 112


Performance: 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 118 mph


CO2 emissions: 124 g/km Fuel consumption: 60mpg


result in a rapid and sustained increase in the number of company car and van drivers with points which will be a risk management headache for fleet managers. And are they also going to fine drivers who persist in hogging the middle lane, leaving the inside lane completely empty! Luckily I’ve been driving a popular company car, which can help overcome road rage and engenders serenity and peace. Ideal for long distance driving.


‘The 1.6 litre engine will achieve 60mpg with combined use and CO2 emissions are just 124g/km’


The Peugeot 508 has a luxurious interior with seats which can be fully adjusted to provide maximum comfort and a panoramic glass roof which gives a light and spacious feel.


touch electric front and rear windows and manual air conditioning which can be adjusted easily. It would have been useful to


have had more handy storage spaces for sweets and my passenger’s mobile phone but there is space in the door pockets. The head up display portrays the speed you are achieving digitally but in bright sunlight is reflected in the windscreen. The boot has a great feature.


Press the key fob when walking towards it loaded up with


luggage and the lid will open automatically. New efficient optic halogen headlamps give good visibility for night time driving and there are daytime running lights for added protection. The HDi 112 diesel engine includes the latest micro


hybrid second generation stop and start system which helps with fuel consumption. The 1.6 litre engine will achieve 60mpg with combined use and CO2 emissions are just 124g/km. With business customers primarily in mind, Peugeot has launched a new dedicated website – www.peugeotcompare.co.uk that allows fleet customers to compare the features they want the most from their company car.


To see a 508 saloon visit Peugeot dealership Robins & Day, located at 857 Tyburn Road, Erdington, Birmingham. B24 9NY. Call for more information 0121 306 4401.


Case for HS2 gains momentum


Business leaders in the West Midlands welcomed the Transport Select Committee’s report on HS2.


‘High Speed Rail’, the report of the inquiry into the project, will encourage economic growth and investment and create thousands of new jobs for the West Midlands, said Jerry Blackett, chief executive of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group.


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He added: “We must also stress the need for local transport investment to go alongside HS2 to increase the economic benefits and share them throughout the region.


“HS2 is the only viable option for Birmingham if we want to see the levels of growth; investment and job creation that will transform this city. “We are clear that HS2 is the 21st


century solution to our creaking Victorian infrastructure.” The Chamber has been working with local businesses, local authorities and transport authorities since 2009 to ensure that Birmingham sees the maximum benefits possible from HS2. The West Midlands is at the heart of the high speed network bringing 22,000 jobs and £1.5bn per year to our region.


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