Solar panels for Sheffield ambulances and ‘greener’ bus routes

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Solar panels for rapid response ambulances and cleaner emissions for two Sheffield bus routes will be introduced thanks to Government grants.

A total of 175 Yorkshire Ambulance Service vehicles will be decked out with the eco-friendly solar units, while green improvements will also be made to 40 First buses in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive is one of 17 authorities across the country which have been handed a £215,250 slice of the Government’s £5 million Clean Vehicle Technology Fund.

It means X78 and 75 routes in the city will get more environmentally-friendly buses, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions as well as solar panels for ambulances which will allow them to keep batteries charged without the engine running.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service was also given £166,000 to add solar panels to its fleet.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment at Sheffield Council, said: “Making Sheffield a cleaner, greener, place in which to live and work is an absolute priority for me, and transport plays a major part in this.

“I look forward to eco-friendly improvements being made to more than 40 First South Yorkshire’s buses, all of which operate on the X78 and 75 routes in Sheffield.

“I hope initiatives such as this will not only make public transport even more environmentally sound, but will encourage more and more people to consider using buses, trams and trains as a green, convenient and value-for-money way to get around.

“I am also very pleased that the Yorkshire Ambulance Service has received funding to install solar panels onto the roofs of 175 ambulances in order to reduce the need for engines to be run to stop batteries being drained, which will reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality.”