Breathing easy with buses that reduce emissions

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WIGAN is set to become a jolly green bus giant after public transport bosses have won more low-carbon ground breaking vehicles for the borough.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has been awarded over £850,000 for more fully-electric buses – believed to be the first of their kind in Greater Manchester – and 10 diesel-hybrid single-decker buses.

The funding comes from another successful TfGM bid to the fourth round of the government’s Green Bus Fund for low carbon emission buses.

It means TfGM has now received just over £7m of government money to part-fund 112 green buses, which are used on its contracted services, including the popular dedicated Yellow School Bus routes.

Together with successful bids by operators – with Stagecoach Manchester securing 38 diesel-hybrid double-decker buses in the latest round of the fund – Greater Manchester will soon have more than 280 green buses on its roads.

That’s more than anywhere else in the country, outside London.

The buses are capable of achieving a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a similar-sized standard diesel Euro 3 vehicle.

Chairman of the TfGM Committee Coun Andrew Fender said: “This is fantastic news and yet another example of our determination to lower the impact that transport has on our environment.”