Sunday 2 February 2020

Electric Buses Unveiled in Salisbury

New electric buses for Salisbury city's park and ride services have been launched.

The three brand new electric vehicles - a total investment of £1.2 million - will run from Salisbury's park and ride bus services.

The move follows a successful bid by Go South Coast bus operator Salisbury Reds and Wiltshire Council for £600,000 of Government funding for the new buses - which will help provide greener and cleaner journeys across the region.

While fully charged, each bus should be able to travel for around 160 miles.

"Together with Wiltshire Council, our team worked incredibly hard to gain government support, under the Low Emission Bus Scheme, for this important initiative," said Salisbury Reds managing director, Andrew Wickham.

"The move is part of a drive to lower emissions across the UK, following the publication of the government's draft Air Quality Plan, and I am delighted that Salisbury Reds is at the forefront of that project here in Wiltshire.

"Buses are the perfect solution to improving air quality in our towns and cities. I'm very much looking forward to seeing these three new electric vehicles out-and-about across Salisbury and the surrounding area."

"We're overjoyed to be providing these environmentally friendly buses which will help provide greener and cleaner journeys across our region. Just one of our new zero emission buses alone can take up to 40 cars off our roads.

Each electric bus can travel 160 miles on one full charge and can save 32.2 tonnes of CO2 and 15.5 tonnes of NOx.

The same ticket prices and payment options still apply, including our hassle-free contactless payment system and handy clickit2ride app, so helping the environment has never been easier"

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: "We're delighted that three new electric buses are now serving our park and ride sites in Salisbury.

"These buses represent a significant investment in the city, and will help to reduce the environmental impact of visitors and improve air quality. This is an important part of our pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, and we hope that by leading the way with initiatives like this, it will inspire people and other organisations to make a positive difference.

"I'd urge all visitors to Salisbury to use the five park and ride services where possible, as this will have a positive impact on reducing pollution and congestion, and it also allows easy access to our beautiful city."

The driver's of the new buses have rear vision via cameras as the buses don't have conventional rear mirrors.