Passengers can now tap-in to free water at Scotland’s biggest stations: IMG 6375

Thursday 18 Oct 2018

Passengers can now tap-in to free water at Scotland’s biggest stations

Region & Route:
Scotland

Network Rail Scotland has launched free water fountains for customers at Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley.

Two drinking water fountains have been installed at each station to encourage passengers, and other station users, to refill their own multiple use water bottles rather than buying plastic ones.

The scheme is part of Network Rail’s wider ambitions to improve sustainability and reduce the impact of plastic waste at its stations.

The company also recently announced plans to work with retailers to end the supply of plastic cutlery and cups at its station across Britain by 2020.

Network Rail’s free drinking water initiative was first launched in London’s Charing Cross station in February 2018.

It has since been expanded to many major stations across the country including Liverpool Lime Street, Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston.

Each location is saving the equivalent of up to 1,000 plastic bottles each week and by the end of September this the year, Network Rail stations had saved over 150,000 plastic bottles.

David Biggs, managing director of Network Rail Property, said: “Our water fountain roll-out is already going a long way to reducing plastic pollution and it is fantastic to see the progress made so far, with 150,000 bottles saved in 2018.

“The initiative is not only a great example of how we’re committed to making our stations more sustainable, but shows how we’re delivering a great experience for the 900 million people who use our stations each year, making it as easy as possible for them to refill their bottles on the go.”

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Journalists
Network Rail press office - Nick King
Media relations manager (Scotland)
0141 555 4108 / 07515 617073
nick.king3@networkrail.co.uk

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk