Free travel mugs for St Albans commuters as part of First Capital Connect's Green Week

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Free travel mugs for St Albans commuters Free travel mugs for St Albans commuters

St Albans commuters will be given free travel mugs as part of a First Capital Connect "Green Week" next week.

To raise recycling rates and encourage passengers to bike or bus to the station, First Capital Connect is staging a Green Week from November 4 to November 8.

Members of the First Capital Connect environmental team will be visiting stations to promote new on-train newspaper recycling zones being rolled out and trialled on services out of Moorgate.

They will also be handing out free travel mugs, to cut waste from disposable cups, and giving passengers the chance to win one of three top quality bikes worth £300 each and 10 weekly PlusBus tickets.

They will be visiting St Albans on Friday, November 8 between 10am and 1pm.

First Capital Connect Head of Safety and the Environment Mark Underwood said: "Electric trains are already the greenest form of public transport but we want to do more to help our passengers have a more sustainable journey.

"We already recycle 60% of the rubbish we collect; we hope that our trial of recycling zones in luggage racks of our Moorgate services will make that better still. It will also help us present a cleaner train for other passengers, which is one of First Capital Connect’s commitments to improve passenger satisfaction.

"We want to encourage our passengers to think about biking or taking the bus to the station. That’s why we have more than doubled the number of bike rack spaces at stations across our network and built new bus forecourts in many places.

"Over and above this, we want people to think about using travel mugs - an estimated 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the UK every year. That’s enough to stretch round the glove five and a half times! Most coffee retailers across our network have agreed to fill up travel mugs instead."

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12:54pm Fri 8 Nov 13

jonnykates says...

I've been looking forward to my coveted free First Capital Connect mug all week. When I read this article, it was like Christmas had come early. 'There's no such thing as a free lunch', I thought. But there it was - in plain black and white. A FREE mug. And all you have to do is hand over nearly £4k a year for a 20 minute train ride and appalling service.

So Friday rolls round. I leap out of bed knowing that, by process of elimination, today must be the day that I finally get my hands on my free mug. I march to the station with a spring in my step, backpack all but open ready to have my new glorious FCC memorabilia thrust deep within.

Nothing. The station is barely staffed, let alone any sight of free mugs.

However perhaps I am overlooking the real meaning of this week. The First Capital Connect 'Green Week'. And WHAT week. It's been hard to miss all of the flyers, posters and cheery staff members cycling in to work and fundraising. And of course all of the wonderful work that First Capital Connect does for the environment...

Of course at this point I should point out that I am being coy; lowly as I am. Congratulations First Capital Connect on another spectacular PR disaster.
I've been looking forward to my coveted free First Capital Connect mug all week. When I read this article, it was like Christmas had come early. 'There's no such thing as a free lunch', I thought. But there it was - in plain black and white. A FREE mug. And all you have to do is hand over nearly £4k a year for a 20 minute train ride and appalling service. So Friday rolls round. I leap out of bed knowing that, by process of elimination, today must be the day that I finally get my hands on my free mug. I march to the station with a spring in my step, backpack all but open ready to have my new glorious FCC memorabilia thrust deep within. Nothing. The station is barely staffed, let alone any sight of free mugs. However perhaps I am overlooking the real meaning of this week. The First Capital Connect 'Green Week'. And WHAT week. It's been hard to miss all of the flyers, posters and cheery staff members cycling in to work and fundraising. And of course all of the wonderful work that First Capital Connect does for the environment... Of course at this point I should point out that I am being coy; lowly as I am. Congratulations First Capital Connect on another spectacular PR disaster. jonnykates
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2:05pm Fri 8 Nov 13

sac_commuter says...

Quite.
"They will be visiting St Albans on Friday, November 8 between 10am and 1pm."

If they wanted to give them to commuters, they might have needed to get out and about a bit earlier!
Quite. "They will be visiting St Albans on Friday, November 8 between 10am and 1pm." If they wanted to give them to commuters, they might have needed to get out and about a bit earlier! sac_commuter
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