Free drinking water fountains to be introduced at railway stations

Written by: Editorial staff | Published:
London Charing Cross

Railway passengers will soon be able to benefit from free drinking water facilities installed by Network Rail.

Passengers will be encouraged to refill their own multiple use water bottles in efforts for Network Rail to reduce the impact of plastic waste at its stations.

The scheme will be trialled at London Charing Cross at the end of March.

This will inform a full rollout of free drinking water facilities across all of Network Rail’s managed stations later in the year including Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street and Waterloo.

Network Rail is also considering providing free drinking water in store and will work to encourage passengers to make simple changes to the materials used in their cutlery or packaging.

David Biggs, managing director of Network Rail Property, said: “By introducing free water fountains at our managed stations we can make a simple change that not only helps quench the thirst of station users, but also has a positive impact on our sustainability ambitions by reducing single-use plastics.

“We’re looking forward to the introduction of these water fountains and the benefits they will bring the public and the environment.”

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