We need to stop flying so much and start taking more trains. Here's why.
1. They are safer
There's some debate over whether planes or trains are safer, and it all depends on how you measure it. If it's deaths per billion miles flown, then planes win, but planes fly a very long way. But if it's deaths per journey, then trains are nearly six times safer. Both forms of transport are, of course, very safe.
2. They are better for the environment
What cannot be debated is just how much better for the environment rail journeys are. A train produces 14g of CO2 per passenger kilometre. A plane? 285g. Flying is the biggest single contributor to tourism's carbon footprint, and as you've probably noticed,...