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Love trains? Into sustainability? Here’s how you could win £10k

Three eco-friendly railway fanatics will be awarded the money for their future train journeys

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

If you’re always evangelising about the UK’s rail network, this new scheme from the country’s Rail Delivery Group could be the perfect way to make a decent amount of cash. Apparently, 46 percent of the British public aren’t aware that train travel is the most environmentally friendly way to get around. But if – like us – you’re constantly banging on about it at the pub, you should absolutely apply.

To coincide with Earth Day, the UK’s rail industry body is recruiting three ‘chief environment officer’ (CEOs, geddit?) to promote train travel across the country. Three rail-heads will get £10,000 each for their adventures. All they (ie you) have to do to enter is submit a minute-long video rhapsodising about a ‘recent trip, explaining why they should win and, most importantly, sharing why they care about sustainability.’

To clarify, the winners won’t each get a brown envelope full of cash. Instead, they can cash in the £10,000 against up to ten UK rail journeys. So you might need to upgrade to first class and travel a long way to really take advantage.

The scheme is backed up by new research from the Rail Delivery Group, which reveals that 59 percent of Brits think that sustainable travel is important when they're booking a holiday. This rises to 66 percent among 18 to 34-year-olds. However, the same study also found that one in eight Brits think that taking the car is the most green way to get around the country. Spoiler: that is very much not the case.

Last week, the British government announced a mega rail ticket sale, offering discounts on train journeys across the country. And as well as being green and (in some cases) speedy, trains are pretty much the most scenic way to get around. If you already know all this, then you should probably think about applying here.

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