Buses in Sheffield are switching from diesel to cleaner engine fuels following a £1 million investment.
Clean Bus Technology Funding from the Department of Transport is being used to retrofit five Stagecoach vehicles with dedicated Compressed Natural Gas engines, which will run on biomethane.
The scheme, which has been part-funded by Stagecoach in Sheffield, will reduce engine noise by 50 per cent, deliver carbon savings of between 85 and 140 per cent and ensure the virtual elimination of particulate matter from exhausts.
It will also create increased jobs and apprenticeships at equipment suppliers including city-based Chesterfield Special Cylinders.
Five Euro IV Optare Solo buses will be fitted with the Natural Gas Engines and will operate along Stagecoach’s SL2 and 35a routes.
The hilly routes, which create an increase in emissions because the vehicles are working at capacity,are within the city's Air Quality Management Area and provide an important link to StagecoachSupertram serving the city centre, Hillsborough, universities and Meadowhall.
The investment also includes the installation of a Compressed Natural Gas refuelling station at Stagecoach’s Ecclesfield depot.
Sheffield City Council led the Clean Bus Technology Fund bid in partnership with Stagecoach as part of the Sheffield Bus Partnership
The scheme will start in the new year when work will to retrofit the vehicles is complete.
A new Lincoln bus service will officially launch today for residents and businesses in the Doddington Park area, despite the service being in operation since November 2012.
The 44A, which travels along Doddington Road, through Doddington Business Park and to Teal Park, will benefit employees working in local business parks, which were not previously served by public transport.
A young woman may have to have part of her leg amputated after a car crashed into a bus queue in Sheffield and injured eight people. It happened a week ago and police say they are now looking for one or possibly two people who are thought to have been in the car.
The crash happened on Barnsley Road in the city last Monday. The 22-year-old driver was arrested at the time and has been released on bail. Officers say they're now looking for the other people in the car who fled the scene.
Doctors have said a 23-year-old woman who was badly injured in the crash could now have her foot and part of her leg amputated.
Police in Huddersfield are appealing for witnesses after an 18-year-old woman was assaulted on a bus. It happened aound 8pm on Saturday 5th May as the the woman was travelling on the 307 bus from Huddersfield Town centre along Cowrakes Road with a friend.
She was approached by another passenger who allegedly made threats towards her. It is alleged a fight then took place , which left the victim with bruising. A 48-year-old Huddersfield man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who was travelling on the bus at the time or who may have been on Cowrakes Road when the assault took place. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Michelle Dhurmea at Huddersfield Police Station on 01484 436578.