The operator of local bus services across Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley says more 8 out of 10 of its fleet already meet the toughest clean air zone standards, and it's promising to go even further.
The pledge comes on Clean Air Day (17th June) as Keighley Bus Company says 83 percent of its regular service buses have been upgraded to meet the strictest Euro 6 low emission standards. It adds that more will follow in the coming months.
The Keighley Bus Company CEO Alex Hornby said: “We are proud to be playing our part towards protecting the environment through our continuing commitment to low emission vehicles – at the same time as we continue investing in high-specification buses that our customers are proud to be seen on.
“As we continue rebuilding our regional economy beyond the pandemic, we can’t just go back to congested streets and traffic jams. Getting back to bus will help us to tackle congestion and pollution in our town and city centres – and already over eight out of ten of our regular service bus fleet based in Keighley now meets the toughest Euro 6 emission standards.
“We also work closely in partnership with local, regional and national authorities, and share our expertise in electric bus operation and emission-reducing technology with other bus operators. The West Yorkshire Bus Alliance has a target to upgrade all buses to Euro 6 standard or better in the next five years – and together, we bid successfully to the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund to support our £8.036 million, five-year programme to make it happen.”
Parent firm Transdev’s programme to make more of The Keighley Bus Company’s regular bus fleet fully compliant with low emission standards has received financial support from regional and local authorities, including £833,000 from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), and £136,000 from Leeds City Council.
Transdev is also currently working with local authority partners on joint bids for grant funding to introduce more fully electric, zero emission buses.