Online train ticket retailer thetrainline.com has launched a new service allowing customers to hire cars close to hundreds of UK train stations. This industry first will make train travel an attractive option for many journeys that may otherwise have been made by car or plane. The unique functionality, exclusive to thetrainline.com, finds the nearest vehicles to the customer’s destination station enabling convenient pick up. “The launch of car hire on thetrainline.com means our customers can now combine rail and road in a convenient way allowing them to enjoy all the benefits of train travel with the flexibility of picking up a hire car near their destination station,” said Iain Hildreth, director of marketing at thetrainline.com. “The train is a great way to travel. It’s cost efficient, carbon friendly and much less stressful than long distance driving - but many people do need a car at the other end. We’re confident that business and leisure travellers alike will find it really useful to be able to combine train and car - and consider the train for more of their travel needs.” The new car hire service has been developed in partnership with Car Trawler, giving thetrainline.com customers access to a large database of car rental suppliers and enabling them to get the cheapest and best deals available.