A new water fountain will provide free drinking water to passengers at London Charing Cross railway station from March, with more stations to offer the facility if the trial is a success.
Network Rail, which manages Charing Cross, says the move is in response to retailers with shops in its stations 'who have already taken steps to reduce their use of plastics'.
The company manages 18 major stations in the UK – including Birmingham New Street, Edinburgh Waverley and London Euston – so by allowing people to refill water bottles for free, Network Rail could be saving millions of plastic bottles from the bin.
"By introducing free water fountains at our managed stations we can make a simple change that not only helps quench the thirst of station users, but also has a positive impact on our sustainability ambitions by reducing single-use plastics," says David Biggs, Network Rail's Managing Director of Property.
"We're looking forward to the introduction of these water fountains and the benefits they will bring the public and the environment."