Wednesday 17 February 2010


An Aylesbury man has been presented with £1,000 by Chiltern Railways after a survey to find out what the region’s residents would do with a spare £1,000.

David Rickard spotted Chiltern Railway’s survey on the rail company’s Twitter account and decided to answer the short questionnaire in which respondents could be in with a chance of winning the £1,000.

He says “I was really surprised to have won the £1,000 and it couldn’t have come at a better time. In the survey I said that I would save the cash. Now that I have received the £1,000 it will go straight into the bank as I am currently saving to buy a house and this will make a big difference.”

Chiltern Railways posted the survey question “What would you do with a spare £1,000?” to highlight the fact 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.

The survey results revealed that over a third of respondents (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 spokesperson Emma Gascoigne says: "We’re delighted that the £1,000 prize has been put to great use and hope that David manages to find his dream house soon.”
A Chiltern Railways Season ticket valid for travel from Wendover to Marylebone , including a 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.

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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:

Notes to editors:

1. Chiltern Railways is working to create a mainline between the West Midlands/Warwickshire/Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire and London, with journey times to London cut by 20%
2. Chiltern Railways runs into London Marylebone, one of the most attractive stations in London. Marylebone is within walking distance of Oxford Street, London Zoo and Madame Tussauds and with great tube connections
3. Chiltern Railways was the first train company to introduce tickets by text message sent direct to your mobile phone
4. Chiltern Railways trains are some of the most punctual in Britain, with 95% of trains arriving on time, leading to passenger satisfaction of 91%
5. Chiltern Railways is owned by Deutsche Bahn AG and is part of DB Regio, Deutsche Bahn’s local and regional service provider.
6. Our awarding winning website - - has full timetable information, as well as a summary of Chiltern Railways’ great value fares and destination guides to give you inspiration where to go and money off a number of attractions along our line.
7. Chiltern Railways now have a new hotel booking service on their website powered by, which gives customers a best price guarantee and access to 210,000 hotels worldwide.
8. Select here to become a fan of Chiltern Railways on Facebook.
9. Select here to follow Chiltern Railways on Twitter

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