Green travel

We all have a responsibility to look after the environment, which is why we’ve introduced a number of schemes to help reduce the impact of our trains – and there are a few simple things you can do too. 

What we’re doing

Our green efforts include:
  • using new engines in high-speed trains to cut fuel usage by 15%, CO2 emissions by 64% and smoke emissions by 42%
  • organising volunteers at our Reading depot to improve the site and help wildlife
  • setting up a residents committee at our Laira depot in Plymouth to lower noise and fume pollution 
  • thinking about the environmental impact of all our station refurbishments
  • introducing on-board recycling schemes and reducing packaging waste

What you can do

Taking the train is often a greener way than driving.

And greener options are available when getting to and from the station too, including:
  • Liftshare – sign up and share a car journey with another passenger
  • cycling – take your own bike or hire one when you arrive
  • eConnect cars – book an electric car 
If where you’re going is close enough, why not stretch your legs before or after your train journey and walk instead?