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£97,000 To Be Spent Making Three York Buses Greener

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4:52pm 31st October 2013

One of York’s sightseeing buses will be the first double-decker in the country to go electric, using similar batteries to those in mobile phones.

The cost of the converting the sightseeing bus will be £75,000, but will save an estimated £15,000 a year in fuel costs.

Reliance buses will have new exhausts installed which will help reduce their CO2 emissions in the city.

York Council won a bid for £97,000 to convert buses to electric and fit two diesel buses which go along the A19 with new exhausts, it'll be paid for by the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Clean Bus Technology Fund.

Cllr Dave Merrett, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member of Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said: “York is again leading the way in improving air quality and bus travel. We’re the first city in the UK to develop and put to use a Low Emission Strategy and through this funding we’re providing residents and tourists with better use of transport and improved air quality, which is an important issue in York for our health.”

Nigel Eggleton at Transdev, said “Thousands of tourists and residents travel on our popular City Sight Seeing buses every year so it’s fantastic news that through this funding we’ll be able to offer an even better travelling experience, whilst at the same time helping to improve air quality in York by converting to an electric bus.

“We’re also delighted that we’ll be the first operator in the UK to benefit from this opportunity and have the very first double decker bus electric makeover!”

It's already been announced nine new electric buses will hit the streets of York from next year, after winning £824,000 from the Department of Transport earlier this year, through the government’s Green Bus Fund.

They also form part of council’s Low Emission Strategy which aims to encourage more low emission vehicles and cut air pollution and greenhouse gases.

For more information on bus travel in York visit www.itravelyork.info

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