Free hot drinks and other freebies offered to tempt commuters back to railways

Workers are finally returning to the office following various Covid restrictions with many letting the train take the strain for the daily commute.

To mark the change in work habits, the rail industry has introduced a ‘Let’s get back on track’ campaign – which offers rewards for regular commuters, including exclusive discounts and freebies.

The platform also includes a range of opportunities such as FutureLearn online courses, hot drinks and tastecard memberships to help workers make the most of their commute, with even more offers coming soon at www.nationalrail.co.uk/commuter

The move follows research from the rail industry revealing that improved mental health (48%), work/life balance (46%), productivity (46%), motivation (47%) and fitness levels (51%) are some of the positive effects that commuters are expecting to experience as they head back to their workplace more regularly.



Commuters wait for trains at King's Cross train station
Commuters wait for trains at King’s Cross train station

At the start of the pandemic, those who began working from home indulged in snacking more (50%), working with the TV on (33%) or spending more time on social media (26%). But now, nearly half of these workers from home say they now find these things a hinderance to productivity.

The biggest distractions were cited as household admin (35%), cooking meals and taking food breaks (30%) and home deliveries (29%).

Commuters also estimate they take 4,257 more steps on days when they travel into work, compared to days they work from home.

Seb Gordon, director of external communications for the Rail Delivery Group, said: “We know the last 18 months have been really tough on people working from home.

“The latest research shows some of the challenges people have faced, from distractions and the formation of lockdown habits to the blurred lines between home life and work life.

“We’ve worked with government to introduce the new Flexi Season ticket, giving commuters the freedom and flexibility to divide their time between home and the office, and are pleased to have a range of offers to help customers make the most of their ‘me time’ on the train and the days they commute.”

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