East Midlands Among UK’s Friendliest Places
People living in the East Midlands are among the most sociable in the UK, according to recent a poll.
A survey of 2,000 people in the UK carried out on behalf of National Express Coach, asked how often respondents visited friends and family living in another city or region, whether they wanted to visit them less or more and what was stopping them making the journey.
The results issued to coincide with World Friendship Day (Monday 30th July) found that 65.3% of respondents from the East Midlands said they wanted to see more of their friends and family - the second highest percentage of any place in the UK. This was followed by those living in the North East of England (63%) and Yorkshire (60%).
But despite expressing a strong desire to see more of their loved ones, 32.6% of respondents from the East Midlands said they only saw friends and family 1-2 times a year and 67.6% of them living said the cost of travel was a prohibitive factor for seeing friends and family.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “Our survey shows most people living in East Midlands are really keen to see more of their friends and family but the majority only get to see their loved ones once or twice a year with the cost of travel putting them off from doing so.
“Our coach network extends to more than 900 UK destinations and with great value fares, cost should put people off travelling with us. On World Friendship Day we are encouraging people to reconnect to their friends and family and enjoy all the benefits of stronger friendships and familial bonds.”
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