Thames Water switches diesel vans for vintage bicycles: Thames Water has refurbished 3 vintage ‘sit-up-and-beg’ Pashley bikes to help workers travel throughout one of it’s sites in an emissions-free fashion.
Engineers at Walton Advanced Water Treatment Works located in Surrey, which is one of the company’s most technologically progressed sites & supplies up to 110 million litres of drinking water per day to hundreds of thousands of customers all over London, are currently using the old bikes as an alternative to driving diesel-powered vans as they did previously.
The bikes had been discovered in storage at the site & were refurbished by an area shop – they now cover about five miles daily.
David Jenkins, Water Production Manager at the facility, explained: “These lovely old bikes were just gathering dust in storage. We think they’re probably from the old Metropolitan Water Board days decades ago.
“They have the nicknames painted onto the baskets of the people who used to ride them, such as Turncock Tom and Frank the Fitter. It just seemed to me the bikes had loads of personality and would be perfect for getting around the site.
“They get a fair amount of use and are a great alternative to using the vans. We’re using less diesel and getting a lot more exercise. It will help, even in a small way, towards Thames Water’s goal of becoming zero net carbon by 2030.”
Thames Water switches diesel vans for vintage bicycles