ESSEX County Council and partners have secured over a million pound grant to make buses more eco-friendly.
Noticing high levels of emissions found in areas of Colchester Borough Council, Rochford District Council and Southend-on-Sea have made a joint securement to upgrade their buses.
Essex is one of 20 local authorities in the country to have secured funding; this upgrade will provide a suitable solution to tackle pollution and congestion.
Councillor Ray Gooding, Essex County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Passenger Transport, said: ‘This is great news to help improve air quality and offer residents more environmentally-friendly sustainable transport options.
‘I am delighted that these newly upgraded buses, including our own Colchester Park and Ride vehicles, will be helping to reduce harmful N02 emissions.
The funding will be used to furnish 60 Arriva and First buses in Colchester and Rochford Air Quality Management Areas to Euro VI, which is the highest emissions standard.
Colchester Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Waste and Sustainability, Councillor Jessica Scott-Boutell, said: ‘Exhaust fumes from traffic, particularly older diesel vehicles, are one of the biggest causes of air pollution in the Borough. So, I am absolutely delighted that this funding will eventually bring almost a quarter of all buses operating in Colchester up to the latest emissions standards required for Clean Air Zones.’
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Community, Councillor Mike Webb, commented: ‘We are really pleased to have secured such significant funding to upgrade buses travelling through Rayleigh, thereby contributing to our on-going work to improve air quality in Rochford District for the benefit of our residents.’