Air quality boost as buses switch to cleaner fuels

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Buses in Sheffield are switching from diesel to cleaner engine fuels as part of a £1 million scheme to improve air quality.

Clean Bus Technology Funding from the Department of Transport will provide five Stagecoach vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas engines running on biomethane.

The scheme, part-funded by Stagecoach in Sheffield, is aimed at reducing engine noise by 50 per cent.

Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said the move was part of a ‘commitment to improving air quality by switching from diesel to cleaner fuels’.

“Along with our own investment into the scheme, it supports the reduction of reliance on diesel as a primary fuel source in the future.”

The new engines will be used on buses along Stagecoach’s SL2 and 35a routes – hilly routes which cause more emissions because vehicles are working at capacity.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “Greener buses will help reduce fuel costs. Even better, these buses are clearly much better for the environment.”