Bus money may boost Salisbury air quality

Salisbury Journal: A vintage bus in the city on the final day for Salisbury bus station A vintage bus in the city on the final day for Salisbury bus station

SOME of the buses in Salisbury will have cleaner exhaust fumes, thanks to pollution-busting funding from the Department for Transport.

Wiltshire Council is set to receive £361,000 to upgrade 19 buses in operation across the county with technology that will cut toxic pollutants.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “This funding will help clean up exhaust fumes from older buses in a cost-effective way, with all the health benefits that brings.

“As well as improving local air quality, this funding will help the industry delivering these technologies to grow.”

Councillor John Thomson, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet member for Transport, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded funding for this exciting project, which will help to improve air quality in Salisbury and reduce the carbon footprint of buses in the city.

“It is a unique opportunity to trial a new type of technology that could be fitted to other buses and make a significant reduction in vehicle emissions and fuel consumption.”

The Clean Bus Technology Fund was launched on last year and has allowed 500 older buses to benefit from the new technology.

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4:44pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Schoolmum999 says...

So who owns these buses? If it is the bus companies, like Wilts & Dorset who recently demonstrated their contempt for Salisbury and Amesbury, why are we using public money to update their buses?
So who owns these buses? If it is the bus companies, like Wilts & Dorset who recently demonstrated their contempt for Salisbury and Amesbury, why are we using public money to update their buses? Schoolmum999
  • Score: 12

9:30pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Not parking coaches in Brown Street when the coach station closes will do more to improve air quality in the city!
Not parking coaches in Brown Street when the coach station closes will do more to improve air quality in the city! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 7

8:21am Mon 24 Feb 14

hillyanne says...

This must be a good thing.(I noticed a flimsy notice attached to a bus stop in Blue Boar yesterday;"All drivers must turn off their engines."I hope they pay heed.
Re buses/bus stops:-We still have difficulty getting along pavement past the people waiting for buses in New Canal and it's not even tourist season yet; and still no "No Smoking" posters put up in the new bus shelters.
This must be a good thing.(I noticed a flimsy notice attached to a bus stop in Blue Boar yesterday;"All drivers must turn off their engines."I hope they pay heed. Re buses/bus stops:-We still have difficulty getting along pavement past the people waiting for buses in New Canal and it's not even tourist season yet; and still no "No Smoking" posters put up in the new bus shelters. hillyanne
  • Score: 6

4:34pm Tue 25 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

In parts of Europe the bus lay over stops are solid concrete to prevent the weight of the vehicles from damaging the road surface. Great idea and it works, possible future savings? Dare I say that magic figure..............
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In parts of Europe the bus lay over stops are solid concrete to prevent the weight of the vehicles from damaging the road surface. Great idea and it works, possible future savings? Dare I say that magic figure.............. .. karlmarx
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