The town’s leading bus operator, The Harrogate Bus Company, is currently making final preparations ahead of the introduction of eight all-electric buses on town services.
The new vehicles will be the first of their kind in regular service anywhere in the country, and will enter service later this summer on routes linking Harrogate town centre with Bilton, Jennyfield and Pannal Ash.
Equipment to deliver the revolutionary ‘opportunity charging’ technology which will power up the new buses as customers board is now in place at Harrogate Bus Station – and tomorrow, Harrogate MP Andrew Jones will be there to promote Catch The Bus Week, a nationwide initiative promoting the green advantages of bus travel.
The Harrogate Bus Company’s CEO Alex Hornby said: “We’re delighted Andrew is supporting Catch The Bus Week, a week-long campaign promoting the best of British bus travel which begins on Monday.
“Our new electric buses will endorse Harrogate as a centre of public transport excellence, and with support from our MP Andrew Jones and Harrogate Borough Council, we’ve secured £2.25 million in funding under the Government’s Low Emission Bus Scheme, to make this exciting project a reality for our town.
“Meanwhile our diesel buses are cleaner than ever, contributing 96 per cent less nitrogen oxide emissions than previous buses, and less pollution than new diesel cars.
“Our buses are good news for the environment, offering an easy, friendly and great value way to travel around town and further afield. There’s no better time than Catch The Bus Week to discover the benefits of using our buses – and we hope this campaign will attract many people to discover the buses of the future right here in Harrogate.”
Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, said: “Catching the bus is better for our environment, however, with these new electric buses the benefit to our environment has never been better and the new fleet makes Harrogate one of the greatest bus towns in the country. I am supporting ‘Catch The Bus Week’ and encourage everyone to take advantage of their local bus service.”
Information on all services provided by The Harrogate Bus Company is available on its website at: http://www.harrogatebus.co.uk, or from the enquiry kiosk in the town’s bus station. Live service updates are also available by following @harrogatebus on Twitter.