Avanti West Coast Warrington Bank Quay Salt Donations

Avanti West Coast helps preserve rock salt with community donation

Avanti West Coast donates surplus rock salt to help local community groups this winter. 

  • Avanti West Coast partners with Railway Mission to find home for surplus rock salt
  • Charity supports efforts to repurpose 1,000 kilos of salt previously used on railway
  • Donations will help community groups in Warrington and Lancashire prepare for winter

Avanti West Coast has donated a thousand kilograms of surplus rock salt to local community groups to help them get winter ready.  

Working with Railway Mission, the Avanti West Coast team at Warrington Bank Quay station identified groups in the town, as well as Lancashire, who could make use of the unwanted salt.

Customer Service Assistant, Steph Doohan came up with the idea to repurpose the salt, after the station was left with 45 redundant bags when the intercity operator switched to an alternative to de-ice its platforms.

Steph volunteers as a Green Champion to support the train operator’s environmental initiatives, and approached Mike Roberts, who works as a Chaplain for Railway Mission (a Christian faith-based charity offering pastoral care to staff and members of the public on the rail network), to reach out to groups that would benefit from rock salt this winter.

“At Avanti West Coast we’re being encouraged to reuse, recycle, and repurpose. While we’re no longer using this salt on the railway, it is still great for lots of uses. Our Railway Chaplain linked us up with a rural community group in Lancashire who will also use their resources to help the community,” said Steph. 

Mike Roberts, Railway Mission Chaplain, said: “It was heavy work as we loaded just over a thousand kilos but this is going to support a community involving a local church, community facilities, and a community-owned and run pub, which is only fifteen minutes off the West Coast Main Line. It’s great to see Avanti West Coast supporting their local communities and making a conscious effort to do the green thing.”

Leonie Purvis, Avanti West Coast Station Manager at Warrington Bank Quay, said: “I’m really proud of the efforts of Steph and the team, as well as our Railway Chaplain to find a good home for the salt, as we want to make a positive difference to the people and places we serve. Donating the bags is a brilliant idea to responsibly repurpose our unwanted materials and we hope they will serve the many community groups well this winter.” 


Contact Information

Laura Normansell

Avanti West Coast


Notes to editors

Main image (L - R): Mike Roberts (Railway Mission Chaplain), Gaynor Fearon (Avanti West Coast Community Champion), Steph Doohan (Avanti West Coast Green Champion), Yvonne Brown (Belthorn community group). 

About Railway Mission    

Railway Mission is a Christian faith-based charity offering independent, confidential, impartial pastoral care to the railway community and members of the public affected by rail operations. Each of our regionally-based chaplains aims to be an impartial ‘friend’ for those who work on the railways. Regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, our chaplains offer face-to-face year around support, especially during an individual’s time of loneliness, stress, depression, bereavement or illness.

Railway Mission

About Avanti West Coast   

Avanti West Coast, operator of intercity rail services on the West Coast Main Line, is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, delivering a cleaner, greener railway that drives the West Coast forward.

We’re on a mission to revolutionise train travel. Our refurbed Pendolinos are returning to the rails, with a £117m investment that’s delivering best in class comfort. Rebuilt using sustainable materials wherever possible, including tables made from recycled plastic bottles, our upgraded fleet offers 25,000 brand new seats, free Wi-Fi, onboard recycling and much more.

New Hitachi trains are set to replace our Voyager trains from 2024, leading to a 61% cut in carbon emissions. Quieter and roomier, with more reliable Wi-Fi, wireless charging for electrical devices and a real-time customer information system, the new 23-strong fleet is the result of a £350m investment in sustainable travel.

We’re tackling climate change wherever we can, from reducing energy and water use to training drivers in eco-driving techniques and sourcing food and drink from local suppliers. Our goal is to be net zero carbon by 2031. We’re on track.

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