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2006-12-08 MML-001
Midland Mainline


QUIT IT Midland Mainline goes smoke free in the New Year

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Midland Mainline

QUIT IT Midland Mainline goes smoke free in the New Year

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[[8 December 2006]]
source Midland Mainline
type Press release

January is a time for new beginnings and in 2007 Midland Mainline will be introducing a New Year’s resolution of its own. As the bells chime out at midnight on 31 December 2006, not only will all Midland Mainline stations become smoke free, the policy will also extend to all staff areas.

The decision to change Midland Mainline’s smoking policy was made in anticipation of changes to legislation which will come into effect during 2007 and also in an attempt to create a nicer environment for all customers and staff.

Smoking in enclosed public places will be banned in England from 1 July 2007. The ban covers all enclosed public places including offices, factories, pubs and bars. It follows similar bans in the Irish Republic and Scotland, whilst a ban in Wales starts on 2 April 2007.

The Government predicts that around 600,000 people will give up smoking as a result of the law change bringing about some of the most significant health improvements the country has seen in decades.

Midland Mainline has always placed great importance on the health of its customers and staff. In 2002, all train services became smoke free and feedback has been supportive of a no smoking policy.

In anticipation of the ban, Managing Director Garry Raven has packed in the cigarettes for good. Says Garry: “We will be providing support and advice for all staff who would like to use this as an opportunity to quit smoking. I thought I’d lead from the front and give everyone a head start, so decided three weeks ago to stop myself. We believe the new legislation provides the impetus for a vastly improved environment for our staff and customers.”

Notes to Editors
1. Midland Mainline is part of the National Express Group and operates high speed train services along the M1 corridor between London St. Pancras, the East Midlands and South Yorkshire
2. National Express Group is bidding for the new East Midlands and new Cross Country franchises. These two new franchises, which have been remapped from the existing Cross Country, Midland Mainline and Central Trains franchises, will be formally awarded next year and are scheduled to commence in November 2007.

For media enquiries please contact the Press Office on 01332 262010 or e-mail

Midland Main Line Limited, Midland House, Nelson Street, Derby DE1 2SA
Tel 01332 262010 Fax 01332 263895

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