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25 Jan 2008

All aboard the Heathrow Express!

Executives row from Paddington to Heathrow in support of Siemens’ Stroke for Stroke Week

Commuters faced an unusual Monday morning journey today, as two executives took to a rowing machine on the Heathrow Express!

Siemens Transportation Systems managing director Christian Roth and Airport Express Alliance's managing director Brian Raven spent this morning on the Heathrow Express train, rowing the distance between Paddington and Heathrow to mark the launch of Stroke for Stroke Week.

Siemens Stroke for Stroke Week aims to highlight the positive benefits of regular exercise and to raise funds for the Stroke Association, by encouraging people to sign up to rowing 10km in the gym, between 3rd-9th December 2007. Siemens hopes the campaign will see participants collectively rowing “around the world”, covering a distance of 40,076km, and raising thousands of pounds for The Stroke Association to fund vital research.

Christian Roth of Siemens said: “Stroke for Stroke Week aims to encourage people, and the business community in particular, to take more regular exercise, reduce stress levels and reduce the risk of stroke. We wanted to highlight the start of this important campaign by doing something to catch the attention of business executives and with the Heathrow Express being the quickest and easiest way to get to the airport, rowing on the train seemed ideal! We hope that lots of people sign up to do a 10km row over the course of the week and help to raise vital funds for The Stroke Association.”

The Class 332 and 360/2 Heathrow Express run a dedicated high speed service between Central London and Heathrow Airport carrying more than 20,000 passengers a day on this 15 minute journey. The trains provide an 'airline' experience for passengers,with air conditioning, telephones and passenger information systems providing on-board news and entertainment. Siemens provide full maintenance for the Heathrow Express units at a purpose built Traincare Facility at Old Oak Common in London.

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