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CrossCountry's parent company, Arriva UK Trains, is calling on customers and staff to get on board and support its campaign to become the overall UK National Public Champion in the prestigious European Business Awards, and ultimately, its bid to become the European Public Champion.
Arriva was selected as one of 37 UK National Champions in theEnvironmental and Corporate Sustainabilitycategory earlier this year. The company was chosen for its commitment and initiatives at CrossCountry, Chiltern Railways, Arriva Trains Wales, London Overground, Tyne and Wear Metro and Grand Central, which promote and improve public transport and reduce the environmental impact of its rail operations.
As the only UK passenger train operator selected in the awards, Arriva is ready for the next stage of the competition and has prepared a short video entry which is up for public vote. The company with the most votes will go on to be named overall National Public Champion and will represent the UK in another round of voting to select the European Public Champion at a ceremony in May 2014.
To support Arriva's entry and help achieve the company's goal of becoming the UK National Public Champion, simply visit - www.businessawardseurope.com/vote/detail/the-award-for-environmental-corporate-sustainability/7403 and enter your e-mail address to register your vote. You can only vote once and every vote counts, so thank you for your support… and please encourage your colleagues, friends and family to 'vote Arriva' too. Voting closes at 17:00 on Thursday 2 January 2014.
Notes to editors
The CrossCountry network is the most extensive passenger rail franchise in Britain. Stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance, and from Stansted to Cardiff, it calls at over 100 stations. Based in Birmingham, CrossCountry connects seven of the Britain's 10 largest cities and delivers 295 services every weekday, equating to some 32 million passenger journeys a year.
CrossCountry started operating on 11 November 2007. The franchise, which is the most extensive in the UK, will run until 31 March 2016. For further information on CrossCountry services and future franchise plans log on to crosscountrytrains.co.uk.
CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group, which is owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading pan-European public transport operators with more than 42,000 employees and operations across 12 European countries. The link to Arriva is www.arriva.co.uk. The link to Deutsche Bahn is deutschebahn.com.
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CrossCountry facts and figures
STATIONS SERVED: 119
ROUTE MILES: 1,490
WEEKDAY SERVICES: 295
PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,600
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: 08.20 Aberdeen to Penzance (774 miles)