Public transport services in Sheffield are working together to cut emissions and improve air quality by investing in a more attractive and greener bus network for the city.
The Sheffield Bus Partnership has committed to replacing older buses with better carbon and energy efficient vehicles to make journeys more sustainable and help to reduce pollution. 250 buses will be replaced with lower emission vehicles by 2017. Improvements will also be made to standards of accessibility, technology, cleanliness and passenger comfort on buses.
The Sheffield Bus Partnership brings together South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Sheffield City Council, and bus operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Sheffield and Sheffield Community Transport.
Stagecoach has recently introduced 19 new hybrid electric buses on one of the busiest routes on Sheffield’s bus network. Service 52 connects Hillsborough and Woodhouse via the city centre, and carries up to six million passengers a year. The new buses emit nearly a third less carbon than standard vehicles, have energy saving brakes and offer passengers free wi-fi.
Stagecoach Yorkshire Managing Director, Paul Lynch, said: “Our customers already benefit from a high-frequency service on the 52 and we are delighted that all Stagecoach operated journeys on the route will now be served entirely by hybrid electric buses. This latest multi-million-pound investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment in Sheffield to get people out of their cars and improve local air quality.”
SYPTE Director General, David Brown, said: “The Sheffield Bus Partnership is working together to invest in a safe, green and sustainable transport system for the city. We aim to encourage the use of low carbon alternatives to the car and make travelling by public transport an attractive option. It is hoped that improvements made to the quality of buses, traffic flows and management will work towards tackling congestion and reducing pollution in Sheffield.”
The Sheffield Bus Partnership launched in October with the aim to improve the city’s bus offer so that the number of people using it grows. Its introduction has created a simpler network where customers can travel by bus more easily and cheaply, with many passengers paying up to 23% less for multi-operator tickets.
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