Hybrid buses heading for Leigh busway after £1.3m boost
9:20am Monday 14th October 2013 in NW
A £1.3 m government funding boost will mean a further 23 environmentally friendly hybrid powered buses on Greater Manchester’s roads.
The funding will also allow 20 of the ‘green’ buses to run on the Leigh guided busway route.
Transport for Greater Manchester is currently at the tendering stage for the busway contract and expects to announce the busway operator next year before the route opens in 2015.
The new hybrid-electric buses will be capable of achieving a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a similar-sized standard diesel Euro 3 vehicle.
Councillor Andrew Fender, TfGM committee chairman, said: “This is fantastic news for transport and the environment.
“When Leigh Busway services start running in 2015, they will also travel along the East Lancashire Road and through the city centre along Oxford Road. So as well as services cutting congestion, we’re delighted that the vehicles themselves will have a low carbon impact.
“Our green commitment is very clear. Greater Manchester already has more hybrid-electric vehicles than anywhere in the country outside London.”
Transport committee vice-chairman Clr Mark Aldred from Atherton said: “This is great news for people living along the guided busway route in Leigh, Tyldesley, Atherton and Ellenbrook.
“When the service starts in 2015 they will have high quality transport links with some of the best vehicles available running on them – good for the local environment and the local economy.”
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