Chiltern Railways has become the 30th supplier partner to the Guild of Travel Management Companies and the fourth to sign up this year.

Owned by Deutsch Bahn AG, the train company has been a UK National Rail network franchise since 1996 running passenger services between London Marylebone and Birmingham; Marylebone and Aylesbury via Amersham and Marylebone to Stratford upon Avon.

GTMC chief executive Anne Godfrey said: “The GTMC values its relationships with supplier partners and we are pleased to welcome Chiltern Railways to our organisation and especially look forward to their input to our surface transport working party.

“The sale of rail tickets is a growth area for TMCs – in our quarterly transaction survey rail was the only form of transport that grew during the recessional period and we believe our rail partners receive ROI through their unprecedented access to GTMC members, who between them account for some 80% of business travel tickets sold in the UK.”

Chiltern Railways business relationship manager John Davidson said:
”Since the launch of our faster mainline services between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street we have a new offering for business travel.

“Not only are our services faster, but we also have free wi-fi with power points and tables at nearly every seat. It’s great to be utilising GTMC to let new businesses understand our unique and cost effective solution for business travel.”