£21 Millon investment in Merseyside Eco buses
Arriva Buses is showing its commitment to green agenda as new hybrid buses take to the road in Merseyside
The wheels on 51 new eco friendly Arriva hybrid electric buses are going round on the roads of Merseyside.
After a £21million* investment, Arriva North West has cemented its commitment to the environmental green agenda by adding 51 Double Deck Hybrid buses to its fleet.
The new hybrid models, which are partly powered by rechargeable batteries, will emit 25 per cent less emissions than standard buses, and support Liverpool’s ambitions to create a low carbon economy, in the hope that the city will one day become the European Green Capital.
The new buses provide free onboard Wi-Fi and USB charging points for those travelling on routes from Croxteth and Halewood to the city centre*, keeping passengers connected every stop of the way.
Transport Minister John Hayes said: “These new low emission buses are great news for Merseyside, and I’m so pleased our Government has contributed £5million towards their introduction.
“Buses help connect people with businesses and services, and these latest modern hybrid buses will help clean up the environment by cutting emissions, and making journeys more convenient for passengers through free Wi-Fi.”
The new hybrid buses will contribute to Arriva’s environmental goals as part of its journey to ‘Destination Green’, taking action to reduce the operator’s impact on the planet’s resources.
To celebrate the arrival of Merseyside’s new eco buses, Arriva will be hosting Green Day on 11th April where passengers can enjoy 50 per cent off all-day tickets bought via M-Ticket
with a special promotional code, and Radio City will will mark the event by lighting up the iconic Radio City Tower green during the evening of 10th April.
Julie Linforth, Marketing Director at Arriva North West commented: “The arrival of our new eco-friendly buses is part of Arriva’s wider clean air strategy, which aims to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint. These buses will not only help us tackle air pollution in Merseyside, but will also enable us to meet modern day passenger demands through the introduction of free onboard Wi-Fi and USB power points.
“Whether travelling for business or leisure, we hope that the introduction of these new onboard features will make travelling by bus easier and more appealing, helping reduce the number of cars on the road.”
Currently Arriva has 44 ‘green’ buses in service which operate on the ‘Cross River’ routes between Liverpool and Wirral, as well as 10 single deck gas buses which run along the 1, 2, 21 and X30 routes in Runcorn.
From June 2017, Arriva will begin the enrollment of a further 21 single deck buses, 12 fully electric and nine gas run vehicles that will circulate around Sheil Road on the 26 and 27 and between Runcorn, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Liverpool city centre on service 82A.
*Includes £5million of Government (OLEV) funding for new, greener buses.