Electric buses arrive for Salisbury Park & Ride

Electric buses arrive for Salisbury Park & Ride

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:40pm 30th January 2020.

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Salisbury Reds now has three electric vehicles to add to their fleet.

The zero emission buses will be using the Britford and Petersfinger routes, following trials last summer.

They've cost a total of £1.2 million - half of which has come from the Government, £50,000 from Wiltshire Council and the rest funded by Salisbury Reds.

Salisbury Reds Electric Buses Guildhall Square January 2020
The three buses will primarily be on the PR9 and PR15 routes around Salisbury

New electric charge points for the buses have been installed at the Castle Road depot.

When fully charged, each bus will have a range of 160 miles, and that's why they'll be using the Park and Ride routes.

Salisbury Reds Managing Director, Andrew Wickham, has told Spire FM more about the vehicles: 

 

WHY ELECTRIC BUSES? 

The main reason is environmental - cutting the amount of emissions from diesel engines into Salisbury's atmosphere.

Investment from the Government is also part of their Low Emission Bus Scheme and follows a national draft Air Quality Plan.

They're also cheaper to run, despite the initial outlay for buying the vehicles.

Salisbury Reds Electric Buses Guildhall Square January 2020
The 'Electric Reds', as they're called, will be on the roads imminently

Councillor Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: 

"We're delighted that three new electric buses are now serving our park and ride sites in Salisbury.

"These buses represent a significant investment in the city, and will help to reduce the environmental impact of visitors and improve air quality. This is an important part of our pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, and we hope that by leading the way with initiatives like this, it will inspire people and other organisations to make a positive difference.

"I'd urge all visitors to Salisbury to use the five park and ride services where possible, as this will have a positive impact on reducing pollution and congestion, and it also allows easy access to our beautiful city."

Salisbury Reds Electric Buses Guildhall Square January 2020
The electric buses are officially launched for Salisbury
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