Cleaner buses on the way for West Yorkshire

Plans to fit emission-reducing clean technology to over 230 of West Yorkshire’s buses have been agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority meeting today (Thursday 10 May).

With £4.21 million from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) Clean Bus Technology Fund, secured by the Combined Authority and Leeds City Council and over £½ million from bus operators, the scheme will see the equipment fitted to around ¼ of the county’s bus fleet.

Managed by the Combined Authority, the scheme is forecast to remove 31 tonnes - the weight of around 19 cars - of harmful nitrogen oxides from buses per year and deliver £3.9 million in reduced environmental and health damage costs over a five- year period.
As part of the project, the buses will be fitted with real-time emission monitoring equipment that will enable the Combined Authority to report the results to provide quarterly reports.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee said: “By replacing up to 30 individual cars, each bus is already making a significant contribution to the fight against congestion and pollution, which is in line with our Leeds City Region Strategic Economic Plan and West Yorkshire Transport Strategy.

“Now, as a result of successful bids to DEFRA by the Combined Authority and Leeds City Council and contributions by bus operators, we have the opportunity to invest £4.75 million in making the air that people across West Yorkshire are breathing, cleaner.

“This is in addition to the £23.5 million-plus that Arriva Yorkshire, First West Yorkshire and Transdev have invested in new, low-emission vehicles over the past 18 months in line with their Bus18 initiative pledge to reduce harmful emissions.”

Thursday’s meeting of the combined Authority was asked to approve the progress of the scheme, which is scheduled to be completed by March 2019.

People who were unable to attend Thursday’s meeting can watch the recording of the meeting via the webcast link.

Find out more about the Bus18 initiative.

09 May 2018

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