No time to read all the news bulletins? Here is our summary of some of the recent top stories from the industry press as we enter November 2021 we focus on green news
Climate Change Train departs for COP26
A special ‘Climate Train’ has operated between the Netherlands and Scotland carrying passengers to COP26, the international climate change conference in Glasgow, thanks to a partnership between Avanti West Coast, Eurostar, NS, ProRail and was initiated by the not-for-profit Youth for Sustainable Travel.
One key message from the campaign is that according to DEFRA Carbon Conversion, one flight between London and Glasgow is equivalent of almost seven train journeys.
Hitachi Rail to get 100% renewable energy from Scottish Power
As COP26 progresses Hitachi Rail has agreed a contract with ScottishPower for the supply of 100 per cent renewable electricity for their UK Operations over the next three years. This should mean that an estimated 21GW of electricity per year will come from green sources to supply all of Hitachi Rail’s UK maintenance and manufacturing sites.
Hitachi Rail has set itself a target of being carbon neutral across the globe by 2030 and the company has been successful in reducing its overall global carbon emissions by more than 30 per cent.
Falkirk High set to become Scotland’s first net zero carbon station
ScotRail has announced its plans to make Falkirk High railway station Scotland’s first net zero carbon station as part of their plans to help decarbonise Scotland’s Railway by 2035.
ScotRail plans to achieve the carbon neutral goal at Falkirk High by:
- Installing a large four-bay solar-pv carport.
- Installing smart LED lighting in the car park and walkway.
- Improving the insulation to the station building.
- Offsetting the station’s remaining Co2 emissions.
Greater Anglia start new and greener ticket system
Greater Anglia has announced they are set to boost their environmental efforts by making more types of tickets available digitally. Due to growing customer demand – Off-peak, Super Off-peak, Single, Anytime Return, and Anytime Day Return tickets have been made available for purchase as an e-ticket.
Network Rail initiates special work practices to protect bird species
Network Rail undertook special working practices to protect nearby nesting hen harriers between Rogart and Lairg which runs through the Strath Carnaig and Strath Fleet SSSI – Site of Special Scientific Interest – and SPA – Special Protection Area.
Network Rail’s ecology team worked with the Highland Raptor Study Group to conduct surveys for hen harrier – a bird of prey – within the vicinity of the line. Before any form of work could kickstart, an additional survey was carried out to check any nesting hen harriers and to confirm that the works were safe to proceed.
Measures were then put in place to minimise noise disturbance with time limited working to keep noise to a minimum. A camera was also installed to monitor the nesting locations during the work and to check that there were no signs of disturbance. As a result of these adjustments three hen harrier chicks successfully fledged from nests adjacent to the work site.
What a wonderful example of the conservation of a protected bird species!