£420K award to help improve air quality across the Liverpool City Region
Merseytravel’s bid to see cleaner and greener transport across the region has taken another step forward, buy with the successful award of £420K for emission reducing and fuel saving devices to be fitted to buses across the Liverpool City Region (LCR) fleet.
37 buses will be fitted with devices to help clean up emissions from buses and bring them up to higher EURO emission standards, helping to reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions in areas of the city region which currently experience poor air quality.
This award follows other recent environmental projects including:-
- A grant in 2013 to fit 59 older vehicles with similar equipment, which are already showing successful results in cuts of around 75% in harmful emissions
- A collaboration project between Stagecoach Merseyside, Merseytravel and the BEST Institute to trial the emission levels from buses using sustainable biodiesel.
- The recent installation of the first of 124 electric vehicle charging points across the LCR and West Cheshire, to encourage more people to consider running an electric car and to promote a cleaner, low emission transport system.
Councillor Marlene Quinn, Merseytravel Deputy Chair said:
“This funding will help to reduce smoke and pollution produced by diesel bus exhausts, which can be harmful to health. It will also help Merseytravel meet its commitment to minimise the impact of transport and travel, to conserve resources and manage pollution and waste”
The project has been funded through a LCR bid led by Merseytravel, to the Department for Transport Clean Vehicle Technology Fund. This was set up for local and transport authorities in England to apply for Clean Vehicle Technology grants of a maximum of £500,000 towards upgrading vehicles with technology to reduce emissions in areas of poor air quality.