Greater Anglia car parks swap parking meters for trees in carbon reduction initiative

News / Wed 12th Oct 2022 at 01:21pm

GREATER Anglia has signed up to the Meters for Trees carbon reduction initiative, removing pay and display machines from its rail station car parks and swapping them for trees.

The initiative is run by PayByPhone, which offers easier ways to pay for rail station car parking at all Greater Anglia’s car parks.

The move has seen Greater Anglia remove 71 pay and display machines at 52 of its NCP-run car parks across the east of England and plant eight trees in the Amazon rainforest.

Meters for Trees is the first award-winning carbon footprint reduction initiative of its kind in the UK. Launched in June 2019, Meters for Trees sees participants reduce the number of parking machines in favour of PayByPhone’s cashless parking payment technology.

For every 10 parking machines, PayByPhone donates one tree to the client and offsets one tonne of carbon dioxide through Portel-Pará REDD, a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) audited project in the Amazon rainforest that combats deforestation.

Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia’s Asset Management Director, says, “Rail is already the greenest way to travel but we are always looking to become even more sustainable, in line with the industry’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2050.

“Joining PayByPhone’s Meters for Trees, we are taking another step forward in making our customers’ journeys as simple, clean and green as possible.”

In the first 12 months alone, 50,000 miles will be saved by not having to maintain machines or to collect cash from them, and PayByPhone will offset 9 tonnes of CO2 on Greater Anglia’s behalf.

To make Meters for Trees even more powerful, all the PayByPhone stickers under the Greater Anglia contract are ReActivair ‘pollution eating’ signage. Made from naturally occurring materials, ReActivair’s revolutionary technology means PayByPhone’s signage uses the energy from sunlight to breakdown harmful pollutants and odour molecules in the air surrounding the area where it is placed, helping to improve air quality and to reduce pollution.

Rebecca Maisey, UK Client Director for PayByPhone, says, “We are delighted Greater Anglia has joined Meters for Trees. Each time we welcome a new client to the programme, we are contributing to a cleaner environment and better local air quality. At a time when the need to combat deforestation has never been more urgent, Meters for Trees offers parking operators a straightforward way to create a more environmentally sustainable future.”

For more information about Meters for Trees, please visit www.metersfortrees.co.uk

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8 Comments for Greater Anglia car parks swap parking meters for trees in carbon reduction initiative:

2022-10-12 14:39:27

No meters, So you can only pay by phone. How would you pay if you don’t have the app or phone? Sounds like someone has come up with a plan to boost business and reduce cost, but have overlooked the obvious, that people will simply not use the car parks. We should get our MP on the case of the whole “jump through hoops to park” scam. Its all about making money from people who get fined because they cannot follow the complicated methods to pay to park. It should be law that you have a simple method to pay by cash, without having to enter any personal data etc. Its just another lap of the pan on the way down the toilet for our once great society. As for trees, didn’t they chop them down to build the car parks in the first place.

2022-10-12 15:48:53

Nationalise these rail companies and make parking free for 18 hours a day, (like the Park and Ride in Cambridge) that way traffic congestion and car use would be radically reduced and we could save billions by not building all the new roads, so the public purse will benefit: a way of keeping taxes down. Charging for car parking doesn't solve any environmental problems and such signage has negligible effects. Additionally, like some EU countries cut rail fares to €9 per month! Planting only 8 trees? shows just how cynical the rail company is. Also, totally agree with the points made by Theman, plus we the public simply don't want to open yet another online account that can be scammed.

2022-10-12 17:55:31

The people that manage parking at Greater Anglia stations are an abject disgrace. Nothing short of exploitative scammers.

2022-10-12 18:20:49

This might be in contravention of the Equality Act, as it would likely inconvenience older people the most. Age is a protected characteristic under the Act. NB I'm not a lawyer!

2022-10-12 19:10:16

Wow 8 trees....I would plant more than not just so I wouldn't have to deal with Pay By Phone apps

2022-10-12 20:52:55

Just EIGHT trees? It's straight out of the Truss handbook of economics! It would have cost more than 8 saplings to remove the meters.

2022-10-19 09:42:25

Plant trees in the Amazon ?? Surely they will just get chopped down in years to come unless well policed 24 hours a day!? Why not plant a tree where the machine was?? We could do with more trees in this country for our good & more shade cover in open car parks would be welcomed by most.

2022-10-19 09:53:08

What a complete con! Paybyphone means paying a surcharge on top of the parking fee.

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