Thursday 16 Mar 2006


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Network Rail is seeking to reward companies and individuals in the East of England who are on track to achieving a sustainable environment.   Entries are now being invited for the Network Rail Environment Awards 2006, which will recognise the finest examples of environmental improvements within local communities (Community Partnership award), use of environmentally-friendly technology (Innovation award) and ways of tackling railway crime (Rail Crime Prevention award), amongst others. Network Rail’s Deputy Chief Executive, Iain Coucher said: “These awards will highlight the very best in environmental practice and sustainability across the rail industry and beyond.  They demonstrate Network Rail’s ongoing commitment to maximising the environmental benefits of the railway.  Our aim is to promote any activities that ensure the railway continues to be the number one sustainable transport choice.” TV’s “Tomorrow’s World” and “Robot Wars” presenter Philippa Forrester will present the revamped awards at a glittering ceremony on 12 July 2006 at the Natural History Museum.  Award-winning schemes from last year included the use of acoustic sheets to reduce noise, projects to cut down waste and methods to protect the habitat of the great crested newt. Application forms can be downloaded from the Network Rail website at  Entries must be received by 12 May 2006.

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