Caring for the environment around us

Train travel is already one of the most sustainable forms of transport, and the Environmental and Energy Management Systems that underpin our services meet international standards (ISO 14001 and ISO 50001, for those in the know). But there is more to come. 

Caring for the environment is a key part of our vision to Take the North further and we're committed to sustainability and managing our impact on the environment.


Sustainability initiatives we'll introduce

Reduce emissions and use renewable energy

  • Introduce new bi-mode and electric trains to reduce carbon emissions by 30%

  • Invest £825k in environmental improvements for stations

  • Install 1000m3 of solar panels at our train stations

  • Replace lighting in our stations and car parks with low energy LED lighting

Reduce waste

  • Reduce the energy used in our buildings by 31%

  • Reduce water use year on year

  • Recycle 90% of our waste and be zero waste to landfill

  • Install a range of water efficiency measures

Environmental engagement in the community

  • Transform Grants - £50k annual communities and environmental fund

  • Engage employees, tenants, and the public in waste initiatives

  • Produce a Sustainable Development Plan

  • Introduce a Sustainability Advisory Panel

And finally, another key commitment in our franchise is sharing our impact on the environment:

This data is for P13. This gives the best reflection of our performance in usual times. This data will be updated with the reduced figures, for more recent performance, shortly.

Our Trains: 
Diesel: 1,560,476 litres
Electricity: 2,626,070 kWh

Our stations and offices:
Electricity: 242,883 kWh
Gas: 89,638 kWh
Water: 21232 m3*
Waste Recycling Rate 62%

Waste Diverted from landfill 100%

*A portion of this is estimated due to data issues


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