London Midland has been awarded the Mayor of London's Green 500 Silver Award for improving energy efficiency.
The Green 500 is a scheme which mentors major businesses, operating in London, to help deliver the Mayor of London's target to cut London's carbon emissions by 60% by 2025.
London Midland joined Green 500 in 2009 and went through a carbon mentoring process, aimed at the rail operator's sites in Greater London, to identify ways of improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions and waste.
London Midland environmental manager Kathryn Jacques said Green 500 had generated plenty of ideas for further improvements like changes to station lighting, waste recycling and colleague awareness, that are now being looked at in more detail.
“We've focused on Watford Junction Station, as this is our largest site in and around London, and we're seeing real improvements, such as an eight per cent reduction in electricity use,” she said.
“Watford Junction has also formed London Midland's first local Green Team, where station colleagues are working together to raise awareness about energy efficiency and helping to identify new ideas for improvements.”
London Midland's next steps include looking at waste recycling and investigating energy-efficient lighting for platform canopies.
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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west. Over 60 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manage 148 stations and operate
over 1,300 services a day.
London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia
is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, Southern (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info
London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, four Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work.
In 2013 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Silver Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2012.