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Network Rail publish 2013 Sustainability Update


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"As Network Rail prepares for a level of investment not seen since Victorian times, sustainable development should underpin our thinking at every level of decision making.”
Iain Groark, Head of Sustainable Business Strategy

Network Rail is the owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which includes the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations. By providing a safe, reliable and efficient rail infrastructure for freight and passenger trains, Network Rail aims to achieve its vision of being ‘a trusted leader in the rail industry’.

Developing a railway which is both safe and sustainable is critical for Network Rail as it delivers its strategy to ‘Build a Better Railway for a Better Britain. 
Network Rail continues to make considerable progress in improving safety for passengers, its workforce and the public, and as the UK’s biggest buyer of electricity, Network Rail’s electrification programme will provide a major contribution towards a low-carbon economy.  As Network Rail prepares for a level of investment in the railway not seen since Victorian times, engaging with communities to minimise disruption caused through redevelopment and ensuring that the 20,000 tunnels, bridges and viaducts are resilient to future changes in climate are of key importance.
This sustainability update report describes Network Rail’s progress during 2012/13, including:

  1. Better management of safety risk through closure of 117 level crossings
  2. Over 85% of passengers stating ‘overall satisfaction’
  3. Reducing scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 2%
  4. Increasing recycling rates at managed stations by 10%
  5. Charity of the year partnership topping £750,000 

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