National Express train operator c2c has started using recycled water in a green initiative to keep its trains dazzlingly white. The company’s train-washing facilities have been upgraded to collect the water used to clean each train, filter it and return it to the pumps so it can help wash the next train.
This has reduced c2c’s water consumption by over 50% and is one of several environmental initiatives underway. To effect the upgrade, washer supplier Garrandale Ltd was asked to fit the washers at East Ham and Shoeburyness with a water reclaim system.
The system delivers water to the washer at the rate of approximately 575 litres per minute, of which 300lpm is from the recycling system. As well as introducing water recycling, c2c’s Train Care team has introduced new cleaning products which the company says are ensuring that c2c’s trains are whiter than ever.
c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: ‘c2c wanted to make sure we’re doing our bit for the environment. That’s why we’ve invested in our equipment so we can recycle more water and cut unnecessary waste. We take the appearance of our trains very seriously, but I’m delighted to say the results of this recycling initiative and our new cleaning products have been literally dazzling – our trains are as white as when they were new’.
Andy Coles, Garrandale’s Sales and Marketing director, commented: ‘It was great to work with a company that prioritises environmental management. It is Garrandale’s aim to “build c2c’s green washer initiative a better tomorrow” by making eco-friendly products where possible which o er better energy-e ciency, create the least environmental impact, avoid hazardous substances, increase the product’s life expectancy and, as in the case of c2c, use recycled content’.