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 60.8% of respondents from Yorkshire said they want to see more of their friends and family, the fourth highest percentage of any place in the UK.
But despite expressing a strong desire to see more of their loved ones, 31.8% of those from Yorkshire said they only saw friends and family 1-2 times a year and 45.2% 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 Yorkshire 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.”
National Express’s lowest one-way fares from Yorkshire include: Leeds to Manchester from £3*, Leeds to Birmingham from £3* and Sheffield to Leicester from £5*.
Those living in the West Midlands and London on the other hand appear to be the least sociable when it comes to visiting friends and family, as 33% of those living in the West Midlands and 29% of Londoners said they would like to visit friends and family less.
To find our lowest fares visit: https://www.nationalexpress.com/en/offers/cheap-coach-tickets*online only, and subject to £1 booking fee
Responses by region: people who say they want to see friends and family more:
East Midlands (65.3%)
North East (63%)
Yorkshire and the Humber (60.8%)
North West (56.8%)
South West (56.7%)
South East (55.7%)
West Midlands (51.4%)
East Anglia (47.1%)
Responses by region: people want to see friends and family less:
West Midlands (33.1%)
East Anglia (13.2%)
North West (12%)
North East (10.7%)
South East (10.6%)
East Midlands (9.6%)
South West (9.2%)