“We wholly recognise the integral role public transport has in helping to achieve the Government’s tough carbon reduction goals,” says Area Managing Director
Arriva has invested £3.5m in 19 new Wrightbus StreetLite Micro Hybrid single-deckers for Derby.
The new vehicles were launched by the City Council as it welcomed Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State of Transport to the city at Derby’s Markeaton Park.
The launch follows the city’s introduction of the Government’s National Air Quality Plan.
Each bus comes equipped with E-Leather seats, USB charging ports and WiFi, and meets Euro VI emissions standards.
Arriva intends to send the buses into operation on routes 7, serving Sinfin every 15 minutes, 5/5A running to Littleover and The Royal Derby Hospital every 20 minutes, and the 8 and 9 operating seven buses an hour via Mackworth.
Simon Mathieson, Area Managing Director for Arriva Midlands North, explained: “We’ve all been set a huge challenge with the introduction of the Air Quality Plan in Derby, and at Arriva we wholly recognise the integral role public transport has in helping to achieve the Government’s tough carbon reduction goals.
“We have a responsibility to improve our bus network locally in order to provide a viable, attractive alternative to traveling by car, in order to cut congestion on our city’s roads and lessen the impact of heavy traffic levels has on our air quality locally.
“To do this we need to ensure that our customers are given access to transport that meets their growing expectations in terms of technology and comfort, but that also delivers with regards to environmental standards.
“These new vehicles do just that, offering high-specification interiors coupled with the very latest low-emission engines and stop-start technology.
“But our plans don’t stop here, and we are already working towards a greener future at our Derby depot, with more exciting announcements to come in the near future.”
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