28 October 2013

Greener buses rolling out on city streets

Brighton & Hove will see buses with cleaner engines on the city streets after winning government funding. A successful joint bid between the city council and the city’s largest bus operator Brighton & Hove Buses, will see £700k spent on retrofitting existing vehicles to reduce the amount of air pollution they produce.

Councillor Ian Davey, Lead Member on Transport said: "Brighton & Hove residents already make more bus journeys than anywhere in the UK outside of London. But our city grows and more and more people make the switch to sustainable transport, we need all vehicles on the city’s streets to be as clean as possible.

 “I’m delighted that once again our city’s reputation has brought external funding to improve our transport system. This will make a huge contribution to cleaning up our air and making our streets a healthier, safer place to be.”

Brighton & Hove Buses, Martin Harris said: "The funding from this joint bid will add to our own substantial investments in greener technologies and upgrade up to 50 buses, a substantial proportion of our fleet, and I hope it encourages other operators of vehicles in the city centre to further their support for efforts to deliver a greener city."

Get more information on the Green Bus Fund by following these links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/background-to-the-green-bus-fund

 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/14-million-to-cut-bus-pollution