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Ministers plan to use high-tech bamboo to help Britain’s rail network go green

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MINISTERS are planning to use the high-tech BAMBOO to help the UK rail network go green.

Plans to replace the concrete sleepers with a heavy-duty woven version of the plant favored by panda were passed on to business leaders.

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Ministers plan to use high-tech bamboo to help Britain’s rail network go greenCredit: Getty – Contributor
Plans to replace concrete sleepers with a heavy-duty woven version of the pandas' favorite plant have been passed on to industry chiefs

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Plans to replace concrete sleepers with a heavy-duty woven version of the pandas’ favorite plant have been passed on to industry chiefsCredit: Getty

It could even be grown in the UK – supplying thousands of eco-jobs.

The idea was proposed by EcoMatPro who submitted the plans as part of the government’s Future of Transport project.

Company representatives have met with ex-Minister Lucy Frazer and their plans have now been passed on to Railway network.

Company CEO Tony Anson told The Sun on Sunday: “We are looking to replace concrete sleepers with sustainable eco-solutions.

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“We are still in our infancy, but we already manufacture a variety of products ranging from temporary road surfaces to premium Kodek flex weave decking used in the hospitality industry.”

And George Simm, strategic adviser, who is based in the North East of England added: “We’re not ‘sticking to the ground eco-crazy‘ but recognize how much absolute sustainability is needed.

“Flexible weave bamboo has many of the same characteristics as mild steel and would be used in more areas such as roofing and structural trusses.

“We had meetings with ministers who were very taken with the idea.

“In the long term, there is no reason why this bamboo cannot be grown in the UK to help parts of Wales, Scotland, the North East and Cornwall.”

A DfT spokesman said: “We invite industry to engage with us on how best to decarbonise our transport systems and have passed on EcoMatPro’s suggestions to Network Rail who will carry out further research into their proposals.”

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