Rail travel is likely to benefit from the pandemic, according to the latest survey from GlobalData, a data analytics and consulting company. According to GlobalData, 48% of respondents said that reducing their environmental footprint is now more important than prior to the pandemic and 37% said that it is as important as before. Johanna Bonhill-Smith, travel and tourism analyst at GlobalData, said that prior to COVID-19, the environmental impacts of tourism were already under intense scrutiny. As countries have introduced stringent lockdown restrictions to battle the pandemic, she said, travelers have been made more aware of the detrimental impacts travel can have on a destination and therefore, environmental concerns are likely to be a key consideration in future travel booking. Air travel can be easy, efficient and generally costs less for travelers in comparison to rail, said the survey. However, there have been notable wins for rail over short haul aviation over the years. For example the Eurostar’s cross-channel route more than halved air travel demand between London and Paris.