You might be a little less understanding after finding out that Network Rail bosses have spent ?1.3m on UK flights in the last year because it was cheaper than taking the train.A Freedom of Information request submitted by The Sun found that employees of the public sector body took a total of 8,352 flights from April 2013 to March 2015, and spent ?1.1m on 2,907 international flights. The majority of these journeys were domestic flights ? 90 per cent were to Scotland, but some were further afield, with trips including Japan and Australia. Staff travelling on a journey of more than five hours could plump for business class. The company defended its decision as being the most convenient, cost-effective option. ?If employees have to attend a 10am business meeting in Scotland, it is cheaper to fly up than take the train the night before and have to pay for overnight accommodation,? it said in a statement. Network Rail also pointed to the majority of money spent by employees travelling by train. ?For the majority of staff, rail is much the better way to go. A total of ?1.3m was spent on flights in 2013/14 and 2014/15 but ?32m was spent on rail travel during that period.? Read more on the transport industry:
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