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Cleaner buses for Rossendale
Rossendale Borough Council has won £485,000 from the Department for Transport for local bus operators, including Rosso, to equip 38 buses with new greener technology to cut harmful emissions.
To win the funding, the council had to show that the technology would reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by at least 50%.
Outside of London, Rossendale received funding to convert the largest number of buses in the scheme, which will be a real benefit for Rossendale communities in terms of air quality and modern public transport.
Speaking on the funding success, Council Leader Cllr Alyson Barnes said: "We are delighted to receive this funding, it will go a long way to improving the air quality for Rossendale which has been a focus for the Council. This is a real boost to Rosso and their public transport offer of more environmentally sustainable travel."
In total, the scheme will see nearly 450 buses in England fitted with green technology to cut harmful emissions by up to 90%.
Lorna Robinson, Environmental Health Officer at Rossendale Borough Council said: "Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. The lower the levels of air pollution, the better the cardiovascular and respiratory health of the population will be, both long- and short-term."
The buses will be fitted with exhaust gas treatment systems called selective catalytic reduction (SCR) which will see their Euro engine rating raised from 3 to at least 5, and will be back on the roads after their upgrade.
Phil Smith, Managing Director of Rosso said: "The success of the Council's bid presents us with a fantastic opportunity to upgrade the euro engine ratings of a substantial number of vehicles so that lower levels of emissions can be achieved across the company’s network of local bus services which serve numerous areas covered by Air Quality Management areas. This development will provide further evidence of the 'green' credentials of bus travel."
As part of the award requirements, the council will continue to monitor the scheme and provide evidence of their effectiveness.