- Minister of Railways visits sites across the Greater Anglia network to showcase their environmental work
- Biodiversity campaign creates greener stations, while railway crossing campaign aims to reduce emissions
- residents across the region benefit from an even greener railroad, better air quality and reduced congestion
Rails Minister Chris Heaton-Harris visits sites in the east of England today (6 August 2021) to see the tremendous work being undertaken by Network Rail and Greater Anglia to build better and more environmentally friendly whole network.
The work, supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), has halved the number of train delays at Clacton and new ticket office gates are helping to speed up journeys at Liverpool Street station.
A £ 37million DfT-funded project to upgrade tracks, overhead lines and signaling in the Clacton area was completed in March this year. New modern technology is replacing a decades-old system and is already providing better service to passengers, with the time lost in delays in each direction being reduced by a third to a half since construction was completed.
The Greater Anglia Biodiversity Campaign involves volunteer adopters of the railway operator’s stations to step up efforts to raise the level of flora and fauna and provide refuges for wildlife alongside the railway line to through its network. This helps resorts become an even more valuable part of their communities, supporting the sustainable development and environmental health of their region.
Adopters now collectively manage an area so large – the equivalent of 5 Olympic-size swimming pools – that Greater Anglia has pledged the 56 station gardens to the WildEast Initiative, a local movement committed to returning 20% of East Anglia to nature.
The rail operator is also joining forces with Network Rail to reduce emissions from vehicles waiting at its 800 level crossings, as part of its “Switch If Off” campaign. Launched earlier this summer, the campaign also draws on the resources of the region’s 6 community rail partnerships to achieve its goal.
Railways Minister Chris Heaton Harris said:
We work tirelessly to decarbonize transport. For rail, this doesn’t just mean reducing train emissions, it also means making the environment around our railways greener for everyone.
By reducing delays, improving air quality and protecting the beautiful landscapes around our railways, Greater Anglia, Network Rail and volunteers across the region are doing an exceptional job of making services even better for them. passengers returning to the network.
Jamie Burles, Managing Director of Greater Anglia, said:
Greater Anglia is committed to sustainable development, including doing its part to tackle climate change and improve biodiversity, which are currently 2 of the greatest threats to society.
The railroad is one of the most sustainable forms of transportation available, and for us sustainability is about everything we do, from new, greener trains, to encouraging biodiversity in stations and doing our best to support our local communities.
We are so grateful to our amazing team of resort adopters for the fantastic job they do to help us make their communities better and greener.
Ellie Burrows, Route Director for Network Rail, said:
Over the past 16 months, we have continued to make improvements to the railroad for passengers and freight. As people begin to travel in greater numbers, this work means they are returning to a more reliable network than before the pandemic.
The £ 37million upgrade of new signals and tracks at Clacton has significantly improved rail services on this line. It has reduced delays and improved the passenger experience.
I know it’s important to rebuild in a greener way, so we also use the railroad land to support biodiversity. We have worked with local charities to plant trees and other vegetation to create natural habitats for wildlife around the Anglia road.