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Chiltern Railways Launches Its Vision For The Future

Our CEO Penny Alexander joined MPs, Councillors, businesses, rail industry representatives and local residents for the launch of Chiltern Railway’s ‘RightRoute 2030 vision’ at the Palace of Westminster on 13 July. The vision sets out plans to invest in the Chiltern Railway’s fleet to remove its reliance on diesel, reduce noise, improve capacity and enhance the traveller experience. As the train service provider for our nearest rail station, connecting Marylebone with communities in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands, we are delighted with these proposals that will not only create improvements to local air quality but benefit those that travel into the Baker Street Quarter area by train.

This picture from the event is of Penny with Zach Bailey, Stakeholder Manager at Chiltern Railways, alongside local residents Mike Wood and Sheila D’Souza, also of St Marylebone Society, who have campaigned for cleaner and greener trains at Marylebone Station because of concerns about the harmful emissions created by the existing diesel train fleet. Chiltern Railways has already begun updating their stock, with some trains converted to use HVO – a type of vegetable oil. This vision has been developed to modernise the railway even further for the benefit of future generations of local people and commuters.

Quoted in the report, Penny says “Chiltern are an important presence in Marylebone – their commuter routes are vital to the local office and visitor economy in this vibrant central London neighbourhood and we are delighted at the planned investment in the commuter experience. The reduction in emissions from the fleet is of great importance to local business and the wider Marylebone community.”

You can view the full Chiltern Railways RightRoute 2030 Vision report here

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