Cleaner buses to run in Thornbury

March 26 2018

A BUS service that runs between Thornbury and Bristol will benefit from a £2.2 million funding boost aimed at improving air quality.

A BUS service that runs between Thornbury and Bristol will benefit from a £2.2 million funding boost aimed at improving air quality.

The 78/79 service, which stops at Filton and Cribbs Causeway, is among 12 routes across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and the Bath area that will be operated with less polluting buses.

The money comes from the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund and will lead to the upgrading of the bus fleet using emissions reduction technology on a total of 81 buses.

They run on routes that are the most polluted, with levels of harmful air pollutants that are too high.

By upgrading to the best environmental standard available, the release of nitrous oxides from the vehicles will be cut by up to 94 per cent.

Colin Hunt, South Gloucestershire’s Cabinet member for planning, transportation and the environment, said: “We know that getting travellers out of their cars and onto buses helps to reduce congestion and makes journeys easier and faster.

“It also helps us achieve our pollution reduction goals.”

Another route to benefit will be the X46 Yate-Bristol service, which operates via Winterbourne and Iron Acton, and the 47 Chipping Sodbury-Bristol bus, which stops in Coalpit Heath.