04/18/2011 AT 07:19
To gain Kitemark accreditation, a company must demonstrate robust processes for measuring their carbon reduction, as well as a 2.5% reduction year-on-year for the past three years in energy consumption. Virgin Trains has exceeded this target, achieving a 7.2% year-on-year reduction at stations and an impressive 19.6% reduction when stations figures are combined with its train fleet.*
Peter Bowes, Virgin Trains Safety and Environment Director, explains: “Virgin Trains has done a huge amount of work over the past two years to reduce our energy consumption and we are delighted that this has been recognised by the British Standards Institute in the form of two Kitemarks. Of course we are ambitious to do even more and hope that our work towards achieving BS EN 16001, a best practise standard for energy management systems, will position us as a leader in our industry.”
A new single-deck car park has been built at Penrith railway station on the West Coast Main Line. The £2.5m scheme provides 30 additional spaces, bringing the total at the station to 125.
Virgin Rail Group (VRG) is delighted that it has successfully pre-qualified to bid for the new West Coast franchise which is expected to start in April 2012.
London 2012 spectators travelling by rail to Olympic and Paralympic sporting venues throughout Britain will benefit from special Games train tickets and extra services.
Virgin Trains has celebrated carrying 250 million passengers on its West Coast services - equivalent to the combined populations of the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany - by handing out free rail travel to 26 lucky passengers.
For the second year in a row, Virgin Trains has walked away with the Best Staffed Station and the Best Customer Care awards, with Crewe and Runcorn stations taking top honours.
Virgin Trains had record sales during the run-up to Christmas, despite some of the worst December weather for more than 40 years.
With Christmas almost upon us, Virgin Trains is urging all passengers to check train times and book seats home in plenty of time as services around the holiday period are already very busy.
Almost 94% of service on Britain's railway during September ran on time, with Chiltern Railways being the most punctual.
Alstom and Virgin Trains have unveiled a new look for one of the fifty-two high-speed tilting Pendolino trains serving the West Coast Main Line.
Britain's railway saw record punctuality in August 2010 with 94.2% of trains running on time. One train operator, c2c, recorded almost 99% of services on time – another new record.