Arriva Goes Green with New Buses in Derby
Arriva has unveiled how it has used £3.5million of investment to make Derby into the destination of choice for sustainable bus travel.
On 31st January, Arriva revealed plans to introduce 19 new single deck eco-buses into Derby as it joined the City Council in welcoming Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State of Transport to the city, as together they showcased the steps that Derby is taking to encourage people to switch from car usage.
A number of local dignitaries, councillors and businesses were then also offered the chance to take a closer look at the high-spec vehicles at exclusive preview event also took place at Derby’s Markeaton Park.
The launch comes following the city’s inclusion within the Government’s National Air Quality Plan, the introduction of the new vehicles highlights Arriva’s continued commitment to playing a key part in delivering long-term change in Derby.
Simon Mathieson, Area Managing Director for Arriva Midlands North, explained: “We’ve all been set a huge challenge with the introduction of the Air Quality Plan in Derby, and at Arriva we wholly recognise the integral role public transport has in helping to achieve the Government’s tough carbon reduction goals.
“We have a responsibility to improve our bus network locally in order to provide a viable, attractive alternative to traveling by car, in order to cut congestion on our city’s roads and lessen the impact of heavy traffic levels has on our air quality locally.
“To do this we need to ensure that our customers are given access to transport that meets their growing expectations in terms of technology and comfort, but that also delivers with regards to environmental standards. These new vehicles do just that, offering high-specification interiors coupled with the very latest low-emission engines and stop-start technology. But our plans don’t stop here, and we are already working towards a greener future at our Derby depot, with more exciting announcements to come in the near future.”
The 19 Wrightbus Streetlite vehicles will provide premium level comfort and connectivity for customers with E-Leather seating and Wi-Fi as standard. Each features a micro-hybrid Euro6 diesel engine, which is designed to reduce levels of harmful exhaust emissions, improve fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Buses are currently scheduled to go into operation on routes 7, serving Sinfin every 15 minutes, 5/5A running to Littleover and The Royal Derby Hospital every 20 minutes, and the 8 and 9 operating 7 buses an hour via Mackworth.