Can first class travel be more cost effective?
Blog posted by: Duncan Spokes, Procurement Manager - Corporate & People Services.
Over the past few years public sector organisations have been feeling the squeeze as budgets are tightened across the board. All organisations are looking for ways to save money and deliver greater efficiencies.
Often it is travel and accommodation budgets that have restrictions placed on non-essential travel or the type of travel.
Of course, most public sector workers never overspend on travel or hotel accommodation, mindful of the need to deliver good value for money. However, now more than ever, employees must be careful about every pound spent.
The Government has led the way over the last few years in placing restrictions on its own departments, insisting that all rail journeys are made second class. This has led to the number of first class journeys reducing.
However, in some circumstances, travelling by first class rail is actually more cost effective and delivers greater value for public sector organisations.
A more productive environment?
First class rail can offer a more productive working environment, with plenty of room, ample workspace, free WiFi, power sockets and more business-focused travellers.
In addition, any extra money spent on a first class ticket could be balanced by the fact that the hours on the train are spent working productively. In fact, there is an academic study that has put a value of this time. According to a Professor of Transport and Society at Bristol’s University of the West of England, it is about £31 an hour.
Less expensive than economy?
Despite the perception, first class travel isn’t even always the most expensive way to travel. If tickets are booked in advance they can come at a reduced rate, sometimes cheaper than flexible economy travel. Using an online booking tool can help travellers find the most cost effective rail tickets, without the associated booking fee and without spending hours trying to find the best deal.
There are also other benefits to using an online booking tool, including no charges for amendments or cancellations.
Of course, if first class travel is against an organisation’s guidelines, then using an online booking tool can help them manage this policy by placing restrictions on first class tickets.
With the ability to customise buying decisions, organisations can be confident that their travel policies are being upheld.
YPO has developed a public sector travel management services framework with partner procurement organisations. It provides access to an advanced, intuitive online booking tool which enables customers to book online rail travel and hotel accommodation with no associated booking fee. For more information on the framework contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest News from
YPO and iNetwork launch Net Zero Week11/05/2021 15:15:15
YPO are delighted to launch a brand-new event for 2021, for what’s set to be YPO’s biggest ever event with around 30 different speakers and a week full of activity.
Alternative fuelled vehicles DPS now live10/05/2021 15:05:00
A dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for the procurement of alternatively fuelled vehicles is now open and available for the public sector.
New study into the impact of Covid-1904/03/2021 09:28:00
YPO are delighted to launch a new study titled Responding to COVID-19 in Local Authorities, looking at the biggest resourcing challenges facing local authorities as a result of the pandemic.
New DPS for alternative fuel vehicles12/02/2021 09:28:00
YPO has announced that it will launch a new dynamic purchasing system (DPS) to enable the public sector to purchase alternative fuel vehicles on a larger scale than ever before.
YPO supplier awarded Ecovadis platinum medal05/02/2021 10:28:00
Amazing news from Lyreco – one of our fantastic suppliers from our Office Supplies framework 1001.
Rising to the challenge: YPO meets market demand16/12/2020 08:25:00
Martin Armytage, Head of Education at YPO, discusses the challenges faced this year across the education sector.
YPO launches data centre and cloud framework19/08/2019 09:50:00
YPO, one of the UK’s largest publicly-owned buying organisation, has announced the launch of its Data Centres, Maintenance Cloud Hosting and Security framework for the public sector.
YPO helps find best-fit edtech for every school04/06/2019 12:28:00
A partnership launched to help schools tackle edtech challenges has reported early success with more than 700 primary and secondary schools, including four large Multi-Academy Trusts, and several international school groups, already using a new free online platform to choose technology products for their schools.