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Network Rail releases 2013/14 Sustainability Update


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Investment in Britain’s railway is at a level not seen since Victorian times.

"Whether it’s providing safe and weather resilient rail services, how we select materials for our £5bn annual infrastructure investment or the continued development of our diverse graduate programme, sustainability is fundamental to achieving our vision to develop a better railway for a better Britain." 
Iain Groark, Head of Sustainable Business Strategy, Network Rail

Report highlights:

  • Over 86% of all waste, last year, was diverted from landfill
  • CO2 emissions from energy used in owned buildings and infrastructure have been reduced by 18% against a 2006/7 baseline.
  • 11% of the 34,000 employees took part in payroll giving last year, and over £1.25m was contributed to Charity of Choice, Action for Children.
  • Over 200 corporate apprentices were recruited last year and even more have been employed by supply chain partners on programmes such as Birmingham Gateway and Thameslink.
  • Gender pay gap is below national average, at 1%
  • Safety risk has been reduced through closing 804 level crossings since 2009.
  • Operating costs, measured per train mile running on the network, were 46% lower last year than they were in 2003/4.
  • 69 categories of information have been released to the public since Network Rail began a voluntary disclosure scheme in June 2012.
  • Third party sustainability standards BREEAM and CEEQUAL have been used to drive improvement, with notable successes at Borders Rail project, Stafford Area Improvement Programme, Thameslink, Birmingham New Street and Wakefield Westgate Gateway station.
  • The use of whole life costing analysis has been mandated across the business.

Access the full Sustainability Update here.    

Network Rail is one of the UK’s largest and most important businesses.
Wholly owned by the UK Government, Network Rail has 34,000 employees and annual revenues of over £6bn. With over 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and embankments, 40,000 signals and 2,500 buildings, Network Rail’s asset base is considerable.  Over 19,000 trains operate on our network every day, serving 1.6bn passenger journeys per year.
Network Rail will invest circa £30bn improving the railway infrastructure by 2019.  This includes major project such as Thameslink and Crossrail and significant improvements to existing infrastructure, such as Reading, Birmingham New Street and London Bridge stations.
Network Rail is the UK’s largest purchaser and distributor of electricity, buying around 1% of the UK’s electricity, mainly to provide power to an increasingly electrified rail network.

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