Powering ahead with electric buses for Harrogate27-07-2016
We're proud to announce that customers in Harrogate can soon look forward to cleaner, greener journeys, thanks to a winning bid to transform our services with brand new, 100% electric buses.
8 of these amazing single deck buses will power into service between the town centre, Bilton, Jennyfield and Pannal Ash on our Harrogate local routes early in 2018. They'll be the first vehicles of their kind in the UK, supported by charging points at key locations around town to keep them juiced up and running. We've secured £2.25 million in Government funding to purchase the vehicles and infrastructure.
Alex Hornby, our CEO, said: “I'm delighted and immensely proud that we're one of only 13 organisations to secure funding this year under the Government's Low Emission Bus Scheme.
“The aim of our innovative bid was to attract funding that will take electric buses to the next level in the UK, and the contribution will allow us to introduce the next generation of electric buses to Britain and our home town of Harrogate. It's a further sign of our determination to set new standards for bus travel and is great news for our passengers.”
Transport Minister and our local MP, Andrew Jones, said: “This is positive news for our area and for the quality of life of local people. Harrogate is set to become a low emission bus town.
“There were many bids from large organisations for this cash. It is a testament to the powerful case put forward by The Harrogate Bus Company, supported by Harrogate Borough Council, that we have won £2.25m of that cash. The Harrogate bid was a winner competing with those big cities, such as Sheffield, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Birmingham.”
The new buses will help us to build on the already blistering success of the 36, which is already redefining travel in Harrogate. The 36 links Harrogate with Leeds and Ripon, offering creature comforts such as free superfast 4G Wi-Fi, USB power points at every seat, quilted leather seating and bags of personal space.