The Harrogate Bus Company was recently awarded the Environment Award in the UK Better Society Awards. The awards held in London on 23 May recognised other big household names such as Warner Bros, Deloitte and ITV.
The operator won the award for the electric buses it introduced as part of its plan to create the UK’s first Low Emissions Bus Town in Harrogate.
The Harrogate Bus Company’s CEO Alex Hornby said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the company and the team have been recognised for this industry leading project. This award only serves to endorse the success and prominence that the Harrogate Electrics have achieved.
“Our Harrogate Electrics buses have already gained positive recognition within the transport industry, but to win such a prestigious award against strong competition from some of the biggest companies in Europe is truly amazing.
“We’re immensely proud to be the first in the UK to introduce these amazing new buses, and at the same time, to achieve our vision of creating Britain’s first Low Emission Bus Town here in Harrogate.”
The Harrogate Bus Company was the only organisation in Yorkshire and one of only 13 in the UK to bid successfully for finance from the Government’s Low Emission Bus Scheme.
Each of the new buses is named after a local school in Harrogate, and are fitted with ‘countdown to departure’ destination displays, audio-visual next stop announcements, USB at-seat power points, WiFi and wireless mobile device charging.
The new buses are also free to use on Sundays as part of a partnership with The Spirit of Harrogate.
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