Clean technology funding for over 230 West Yorkshire buses welcomed

Clean technology funding for over 230 West Yorkshire buses welcomed

Responding to today�s announcement that West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Council have been awarded �4.1 million form the government�s Clean Bus Technology Fund, the Combined Authority�s Transport Chair Cllr Keith Wakefield said on behalf of the Bus18 initiative:

�These successful Bus18 and Leeds City Council bids will enable us to retro-fit 231 of West Yorkshire�s buses with equipment that reduces emissions and improves air quality on our streets and in our local communities.

�This will be in line with our aims of developing an improved and comprehensive local bus network operated by cleaner vehicles, and is forecast to remove over 52 tonnes of Nitrogen Dioxide emissions from the bus fleet, estimated to deliver �23.9m in environmental and health benefits over a five year period.

�The bid has been developed through West Yorkshire�s Bus18 Partnership which has �reducing emissions� as one of its three key pledges and which saw �23.5m invested in new, cleaner buses for West Yorkshire in 2017, by First, Arriva and Transdev.

�Our retrofit programme has being bolstered by a successful application by Leeds City Council to the Clean Bus Technology Fund for �1.371m that will enable it to retrofit up to 75 buses running on routes in Leeds."

Jon Croxford, managing director for Arriva Yorkshire, said: �As one of the major bus operators in the region, we are committed to making buses more environmentally friendly. This successful bid will further support our commitment, and will help reduce air pollution across West Yorkshire and Leeds.��

Paul Matthews, Managing Director at First West Yorkshire, said: �We are committed to investing in vehicles with ultra-low-emissions that assist with improving air quality and we�re therefore delighted with today�s news. Road congestion continues to be one of the biggest issues facing bus services and so it�s important that alongside today�s announcement that we continue to work with the local authorities and other bus operators to encourage less car usage across the city and entice more people to travel by bus.�

Alex Hornby, CEO at Transdev Blazefield, said: "We share West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Council's ambitions to improve air quality. Our fleet of high specification buses meet Euro 5 standards or better right across Leeds, with those on the award winning 36 at Euro 6 standard since the beginning of 2016. Our efforts in recent years have seen the majority of NOx emissions on our fleet reduced by up to 96%, and we are committed to working with our partners to make bus travel more and more attractive across Yorkshire.��

Find out more about the Bus18 initiative.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has already used funding from the DfT's Clean Bus Technology�Fund to retrofit: