Northern Rail gets thumbs-up for watching out for environment

Alex Hynes, Northern Rail's managing director, with, left, NQA MD Matt Gantley.
Alex Hynes, Northern Rail's managing director, with, left, NQA MD Matt Gantley.

Northern Rail has become one of the first businesses in the UK to be given a thumbs-up, in the form of a new certificate, for being mindful of the environment.

IS0 14001:2015 environmental management certification was only launched this month, but the train operator has already been awarded it.

Alex Hynes, its Managing Director, said: “Northern is delighted to have achieved this standard.

“We’ve worked hard to embed a business-wide strategy for environmental management. We are committed to ensuring Northern is at the heart of an environmentally-responsible public transport network.”

“Our approach enables us to address challenges collaboratively with our people, making sure we are all contributing to sustainable improvements in our environmental performance.

“In addition to our environmental management and protection initiatives, we continue to grow our electric fleet.

“As we look ahead to the new Northern franchise in April next year, we will continue to champion investment in new trains.”

The train firm’s assessment for the new standard was carried out by quality assurance certification body NQA.

NQA Managing Director Matt Gantley said: “Northern Rail is the first in the world to achieve certification with NQA to the new ISO 14001:2015 standard.

“This achievement demonstrates exceptional corporate leadership.

“Northern’s customers can be more confident of choosing a service provider that protects and improves our environment.”

The new standard sets out a framework for effective environmental management systems.