Thursday 31 December 2009


Over a third of people (37 per cent) would rather spend a grand on a holiday than save it or pay off debts. However, 28 per cent showed their caring side by offering to treat the family or put the money towards helping others.

Chiltern Railways commissioned the survey to highlight that rail commuters from the Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire border area travelling to London can save over £1,000 a year on the cost of a season ticket.

Chiltern Railways spokesperson Emma Gascoigne says the survey highlights how precious our time is and that we all aspire to spend more time relaxing and away from the office. She says "We asked respondents to tell us what they would do with an unexpected £1,000 and the most common response was to go away on a holiday or mini break.

"It's not really surprising that we want to escape on holiday and maybe the current financial situation has prevented some people going on their normal summer break and a spare £1,000 would allow them to take the plunge."

Some of the more unusual responses were to buy a basset hound, go to Vegas and get married and pay for study towards an MA.

The kind-hearted among us opted to help build a school in Malawi, pay for parents to have central heating and fund an overseas Lifelong Learning project.

A Chiltern Railways Season ticket valid for travel from Wendover to Marylebone, including parking, offers savings of £1,070 compared to travel from Tring to Euston. In addition, Chiltern Railways season ticket holders can enjoy free weekend travel anywhere on the Chiltern Railways network. To find out more, visit

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For further media information please contact the Chiltern Railways press office on 020 7333 3014. Alternatively, please call Emma Gascoigne on 07771 668793 or mailto:

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