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Plane vs train race from London to Glasgow: competitors arrive two minutes apart

8 October 2021

Paul Tuohy and Norman Baker from Campaign for Better Transport today raced from London's Piccadilly Circus to George Square in Glasgow, with Paul travelling by plane and Norman by train. The two arrived within two minutes of each other, with Paul just beating Norman.

Paul said: "My journey emitted seven times as much carbon as Norman's for the sake of just two minutes. Next time I travel to Glasgow, I'll choose ease, comfort, and a much smaller carbon footprint."

Norman said: "In the shadow of the climate emergency, I'm not going to cry over two minutes. What's more, while Paul was queuing, chopping and changing, I was able to relax, enjoy the scenery and catch up on work."

Campaign for Better Transport is calling on the Government to do more to promote rail as the green alternative to flying to help boost rail passenger numbers and tackle climate change. The route for the race was chosen as the UK is set to host the 26th UN Climate Conference in Glasgow next month.


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Notes to Editors

London to Glasgow by train: 20kgs of carbon emissions. 
London to Glasgow by plane: 137kgs of carbon emissions.

Carbon emissions include indirect emissions and are calculated by multiplying journey kms by the conversion factor for CO2e per passenger km. Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/greenhouse-gas-reporting-conv....

Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).