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Team from Alstom in Manchester helps local Wildlife Trust sustain Irlam mosslands

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Members of the Alstom team in Manchester have banded together to help out the Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Wildlife Trust to sustain the mosslands in Irlam.

The 12 volunteers came from the Manchester Traincare Centre in Longsight, where the company maintains Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line (WCML) fleet of Alstom-built Pendolino trains, with financial support coming from the Carrington Power Station construction team.

Tracy McDermott, Senior HR Manager in Manchester, said: The Trust supplied all the tools and equipment and, although it was hard work, it was an enjoyable day and the volunteers had some good fun along the way.

All of the practical work undertaken on the mosslands has the ultimate aim of re-wetting the sites and restoring the rare and fragile moss flora that are an integral and vital part of the lowland raised bog habitat.

Alstoms WCML activities are headquartered in Manchester, which was also at the centre of the recent heavy engineering overhaul of Virgins Pendolinos fleet as well as refurbishment activity for Northern Rail. Alstom and DF Energy are currently building the Carrington gas-fired power station, where up to 600 people will be employed at the height of construction work.

Alstom is also a partner of the Museum of Science and Industry and the outreach part of its science festival.

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In the UK, Alstom is active in the rail, power and electricity transmission sectors, operates from 30 sites and employs more than 6,500 people across the country. Around a third of all rail journeys in the UK are made on Alstom rolling stock, our generating kit powers half of the UKs power stations, we are testing new tidal turbine technology in waters off Orkney, and we operate the only large-scale transformer manufacturing facility in the UK. Our sites in Stafford and Rugby have been at the forefront of engineering developments since the 19th-century and continue to produce cutting edge technology for projects across the world.

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