Funding boost will see green buses rolled out

Greener buses will help slash emissions of nitrogen oxide by at least half and help improve air quality in pollution hotspots like Bond End in Knaresborough.
Greener buses will help slash emissions of nitrogen oxide by at least half and help improve air quality in pollution hotspots like Bond End in Knaresborough.

Buses between Harrogate and Knaresborough are set to be fitted with green technology in an attempt to improve air quality in pollution hotspots.

Ten buses will be upgraded after the Department for Transport awarded Harrogate Borough Council £237,000 from its Clean Bus Technology Fund, reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide by at least half.

After gauging interest, the council partnered with bus company, Transdev, to develop the successful bid.

The vehicles will operate between Harrogate and Knaresborough and through the Air Quality Management Area at Bond End.

The bid has been specifically targeted at areas of poor air quality and is expected to provide a significant improvement across Transdev’s route one service.

Councillor Rebecca Burnett, Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainable Transport, said: “This funding will have a real positive impact. It will provide the opportunity for a number of older buses, which run in areas of poor air quality, to be fitted with green technology to make them more environmentally friendly. This will mean less pollution and cleaner air for everyone. The council is working hard to improve the transport infrastructure in the district and securing funds to make buses cleaner is a major step forward.”

Transdev will also receive a slice of a £498,500 funding pot awarded to Leeds City Council, which will see nine of its buses upgraded on the 770/771 services to Wetherby and Leeds.

Alex Hornby, Chief Executive at Transdev, said: “I’m delighted that our bids, alongside our partners in Harrogate and Leeds, have both been successful. We’re already investing heavily in cleaner technologies with 52 new buses being delivered for our customers in 2016, and a number of 100 per cent electric buses already in service in York and Harrogate.”