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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