Published on: Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Last updated: Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Passengers using Colchester rail station can help themselves to free water after train operator Greater Anglia installed a water fountain, as part of a drive to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles.
The fountain can be found on platform 2 in the recess just outside the Coffee Link shop at Colchester railway station.
Last year, Greater Anglia became one of the first train operators in England to offer free water to passengers after installing water fountains at Chelmsford, Ipswich and Cambridge railway stations as part of a drive to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles.
Almost 100,000 water bottles were refilled using the three fountains over the past year.
Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia’s Asset Management Director, said: “More than 4 million people use Colchester railway station every year and we hope that by providing free water, it will help makes passengers’ journeys a little easier.
“The fountains at Chelmsford, Ipswich and Cambridge have already proven very popular with customers, and we hope people in Colchester enjoy their free drinking water, too.”
“We care about the environment, so we are delivering a number of projects to improve our energy-efficiency and operate in a more sustainable manner - from installing LED lighting, to recycling food, to providing free electric car charging points.
“We already recycle as much of our waste as possible. We have increased our recycling by 71% over the past five years, but we are looking to increase that figure even further.”