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We Mean Green, says rail industry at COP26

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COP26 attendees and people passing through Glasgow Central railway station are being greeted by a campaign highlighting rail’s green credentials. 

Until Friday 12 November, visitors will be able to experience a train-driving simulator when visiting the Rail Delivery Group’s (RDG’s) green and sustainable-themed stand, located on the station concourse. 

The train driving simulator proved popular.

Visitors will be able to get into the driving seat of a specially moss-covered carriage of an electric Class 314 train. The simulated train journey between Pollockshields East and Glasgow Central station will give people the opportunity to experience what it is like to drive an electric train, pitting themselves against other people on RDG’s interactive train driving experience. Points will be won for stopping accuracy and time taken for each competitor to safely complete the virtual journey. 

People can also learn more about the rail industry’s ‘We Mean Green’ campaign, co-ordinated by the RDG, as rail companies bring home the message of how getting passengers and goods onto trains and off roads will help in the fight against climate change.  

The core message includes the following points:

  • A single train removes up to 500 cars off our roads 
  • Every freight train removes on average 76 lorries from our roads 
  • Leaving your car at home and taking the train cuts carbon emissions by two thirds 
Andy Bagnall, RDG.

As extreme weather becomes more frequent, the rail industry is working to make the network more resilient while encouraging more people onto trains to benefit the environment.  

RDG director general Andy Bagnall said: “With the eyes of the world on COP26, it’s crucial we highlight the vital role that rail must play in achieving net zero by 2050. While rail accounts for 10% of journeys, it is responsible for just 1% of transport emissions. 

“Our message is simple – travelling or transporting goods by train is a quick and easy way for people and businesses to go green and cut their carbon footprint.” 

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