A brand new online booking service has been launched to help companies simplify booking train travel for staff – as the majority of the UK’s workforce returns to the office.
West Midlands Trains – operator of West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway – has launched ‘Just Business’ for employees who are required to travel for work for face-to-face meetings.
The free service helps customers find the cheapest and lowest fares available for their journeys on any train route across the UK, and simplifies the booking process.
Businesses that sign up for ‘Just Business’ are given a unique login for each member of staff so they can individually search for, book, and pay for their tickets through the platform.
The service allows companies to set bespoke rules and preferences to determine what tickets employees have permission to book, along with spending caps.
With employees using the same platform, all company train travel expenses are in one central place, helping office and finance managers to easily manage and keep track of costs.
It also provides useful and efficient general reporting tools, as well as enabling businesses to keep track of how sustainable their travel needs are.
The launch comes as more than a third of London office workers are already back to pre-covid working routines following the relaxation of national restrictions.
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Tim Bullock, sales and partnerships manager at West Midlands Trains, said: “From misplaced receipts and credit cards, to scouring the internet for the best deals, booking train travel in the workplace can be unnecessarily timely and costly.
“For employees, Just Business instantly shows the cheapest fares across all operators as well as a handy payment system removing the need to process expenses by spending your own money.
“For a business, this service is free, quick and simple to set up and has a dedicated helpline for additional support.
“It centralises and monitors all rail travel expenditure in one place with bespoke travel preferences and policies – ultimately saving valuable time and money.”
More information about the service is available on the West Midlands Rail website.