Buses in Essex are set to become more eco-friendly

Buses in Essex are set to become more eco-friendly after Essex County Council and partners secured more than a million pounds in grant funding from the Government.

The Council has announced £1,072,500 secured from The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ ‘Clean Bus Technology Fund’.

London TV reported how the money was secured through a joint bid with Colchester Borough Council, Rochford District Council and Southend-on-Sea. It will be used to retrofit 60 Arriva and First buses in the Colchester and Rochford Air Quality Management Areas to Euro VI, which is the highest emissions standard.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Passenger Transport, said: “This is great news to help improve air quality and offer residents more environmentally-friendly sustainable transport options.

“I am delighted that these newly upgraded buses, including our own Colchester Park and Ride vehicles, will be helping to reduce harmful NO2 emissions.

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