According to a survey by financial services provider Santander, the British will spend about £1.2 billion to travel to see friends and family over Christmas, as seven out of ten adults will be using some form of transport over the festive period.
Santander's research finds that 73% of adults will travel to see their loved ones over Christmas, with over 36 million people traveling by roads, rail and air.
Of the £1.2 billion to be spent on travel, 65% or £776 million will be spent on petrol or diesel, as most will use their own vehicles, while £134 million or 11% will be spent on train fares, £85 million (7%) on bus journeys, and over £64 million (5%) on air fares.
According to the report by Money Pages, easily the biggest strain on public transport will come from Londoners. One pound in every four spent (25%) by Londoners on travel will be spent on train fares, compared to a national average of just 11%. Fifteen percent of Londoners’ travel spend will go on buses (compared to a national average of 7%) and 12% will go on air fares (compared to 5% nationally).
However, one in eight hard-up Britons (12%) will avoid travelling to see friends or family over Christmas - which the reports claims - is a bid to reduce outgoings.
Online Advance deals currently being promoted
To reduce the costs, and encourage early booking, rail operators are currently advertising their cheaper Advance fares - where cheaper deals are on offer online.
Santa won't need to register with TfL
While on the roads, although just for the good boys and girls in central London, no congestion charge will apply between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day inclusive.
Brits to spend £1.2 billion on transport over Christmas
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