Harrogate transport to be transformed with new greener electric bus fleet

Andrew Jones MP with Transdev CEO Alex Hornby
Andrew Jones MP with Transdev CEO Alex Hornby

Bus transport in Harrogate is set to be transformed thanks to the introduction of a new multi-million pound fleet of electric buses.

Transdev will introduce eight new electric buses by 2018 across their network thanks to a successful £2.25 million bid for Government funding.

The new generation of vehicles will enable passengers on routes serving the Bilton, Jennyfield and Pannal Ash areas of Harrogate to enjoy cleaner, greener journeys.

Transdev was one of 13 successful bidders announced by Harrogate MP and Transport Minister Andrew Jones to share £30m worth of funding from the Government’s Low Emission Bus Scheme.

Mr Jones said he was impressed by Transdev’s innovative and ambitious bid which will see Harrogate become a “low emission bus town”.

He said: “Improving air quality and cutting carbon emissions are transport priorities for the Government. This is positive news for our area and for the quality of life of local people.

“Low emission buses have already proved to be a real success across the country. They are cost efficient, good for the environment, and there are wider benefits.”

The funding announced on Monday, July 25, will cover 90 per cent of the cost for the new electric buses as well as 75 per cent of the cost of infrastructure to support it.

The 2016 Air Quality Annual Status Report published by the Harrogate Borough Council last week found concentrations of nitrogen dioxide have increased across the district.

The council has already declared four air quality management areas at Bond End, Knaresborough, Low and High Skellgate Ripon, York Place, Knaresborough and the Woodlands Public House on Wetherby Road, Harrogate.

Mr Jones said: “We know that air quality has a significant impact on the quality of life and we know that people are suffering from ill health from these issues.

“We know that transport accounts for a significant amount of the problem. This is why we have launched these air quality plans which will deliver benefits for local people.”