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Network Rail, DB Schenker to Furnish Offices by Rail

U.K. rail infrastructure owner Network Rail is aiming to reduce the carbon emissions associated with a relocation of its national center by shipping all of the furniture for the new offices by rail.

The furniture is being made by Vitra, based in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Network Rail’s new offices are in Milton Keynes, England.

For the lion’s share of the journey – from Basel, Switzerland, to Birmingham, England – freight company DB Schenker Rail will transport the furniture in rail cars stretching more than half a kilometer, Network Rail says.

Network Rail says the journey will eliminate around 62,000 miles of trucking and cut CO2 emissions by more than 90 percent compared to a road shipment.

When built, the office building itself, The Quadrant:MK (pictured), will boast eco-friendly features such as living roofs and rainwater harvesting, Network Rail says.

In September, the U.K.’s rail industry set out plans to cut carbon emissions per passenger kilometer by a quarter by 2019.

In the Initial Industry Plan, a consortium of rail bodies including Network Rail set out a vision for how to deliver better value for money and drive sustainable economic growth over 2014-19.

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