Brighton & Hove Buses has claimed its successful partnership work with Brighton & Hove City Council and other bus operators has led to nearly £500,000 of funding from the government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund 2015. The money will enable 35 buses to be fitted with technology that will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 90%. The £7m fund was awarded to 18 local authorities across England. Other partnership work between the bus company and the council has led to the successful implementation of the city’s Low Emission Zone as well as improvements to traffic light sequencing to reduce vehicle idling time.
Brighton Buses MD, Martin Harris, said, ‘This funding is a triumph for the ever improving partnership work between local bus operators and the council. The city serves more passengers per head of population than anywhere in the country outside London and we are committed to investing in our environment. This welcome boost of Government funding is a recent addition to our own investment of over £24m into new buses and technology. More than 50 buses have already been retrofitted to higher environmental standards, alongside 24 new buses and 13 diesel electric hybrids all helping to improve air quality.’