City launches new electric buses

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BULWELL and the rest of Nottingham can now boast the largest fleet of eco-friendly electric buses after the new vehicles arrived in the city.

Sponsored by EON, each bus cost £208,000 and offers cleaner and greener travel, which will help in the city’s bid to cut its carbon emissions by 26% by 2020.

“Nottingham’s dedication to providing a sustainable and accessible public transport network has really impressed me,” said Transport Minister Norman Baker, who launched the fleet this week.

“I have visited the city on a number of occasions and I am pleased to be back to launch the city’s new green bus fleet.”

The Department of Transport’s Green Bus Fund has part-funded the project with a grant of £760,320.

The first four buses will replace the diesel buses operated by Trent Barton on the Centrelink service, which runs every ten minutes between the Broadmarsh and Victoria Centre bus stations, via the Market Square.

Coun Jane Urquhart (Lab), of Nottingham City Council said: “We’re very proud of Nottingham’s track record with investment in sustainable transport.

“The launch of new electric buses is why the city is recognised as one the UK’s least car dependant cities.

“They will provide a better deal for Nottingham and encourage more people to travel by bus.

“Not only do they improve the city’s bus services and infrastructure, but they also reduce congestion.”

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