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London's tubes greening up

Recycling efforts have picked up on Londons tube lines with over 1,300 tonnes of paper recovered in the past year.

On top of this, one of the capitals largest green roofs was completed at the new Northern Line Control Centre.

The building will help ensure that journey times improve by 20%, with Tube Lines - the company responsible for rebuilding Londons busiest underground networks - liaising with local community members to ensure that the best possible environmental design was implemented.

It incorporates a horticultural planting medium to provide habitat opportunities for local flora and fauna. Recycled vegetation from the wooded areas surrounding the site has also been used to kick start growth and intensify opportunities for wildlife colonisation.

These steps were listed along with success in several other areas by Tube Lines in its second annual environment report.

Along with reducing noise and vibration, the implementation of network wide recycling programmes meant that over 22% of waste was recycled, which is an increase of 2% on last year.

Recycling of newspapers left on trains by passengers generated 527 tonnes while promoting recycling at Tube Lines head office helped contribute a further 62 tonnes. The rags used to clean up oil drips during overhaul work are also being recycled.

Tube Lines head of environment Charlotte Simmonds said: Our Go Green environment programme helps us better understand our environmental impacts and make changes which are sensible and sustainable, not knee jerk reactions.

Our work on one of Londons largest green roofs and the success of our network-wide recycling scheme are just some of the landmarks identified in our latest report and demonstrate that we have set the foundations for a sustainable approach. We will continue to focus on this in order to deliver a greener tube for London.


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