News from Merseytravel: Buses across the city of Liverpool are becoming cleaner and greener thanks to technology being fitted to vehicles operating in areas identified for air pollution reduction.
The catalytic and fuel saving devices will help to clean up emissions from older buses operating in areas of the city region which currently experience poor air quality.
59 vehicles are due to be fitted with the equipment and those fitted so far are already reporting reductions of around 75% in harmful oxides of nitrogen and also reductions in the amount of smoke produced by diesel bus exhausts, which can cause serious health problems.
Councillor Ron Abbey, Merseytravel Lead Member for Bus said, “Merseytravel is constantly working to improve the environmental performance of public transport across Merseyside and these initial results are very encouraging.
“We are confident that this initiative will make a real contribution to our goal to reduce emissions from transport and improve air quality, while encouraging people to leave the car at home and use public transport wherever possible instead.”
This work has been funded through a Liverpool City Region (LCR) bid led by Merseytravel, which secured £818,520 for the upgrades. The project will also help to stimulate jobs and growth in the North West bus and environmental technology industries.