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Clean Air Day 2018: One double decker bus has the potential to take 75 cars off the road!

Wednesday 20th June 2018

Buses, Driving, Going to Work, Visiting York

Ahead of Clean Air Day on 21st June, York’s Quality Bus Partnership is urging commuters to play their part in reducing air pollution by leaving their cars at home.

The partnership, which is made up of representatives of City of York Council and local bus operators, is spreading the word that just one double decker bus has the potential to take 75 cars off the road! As well as drastically reducing harmful emissions, trading your car for the bus also helps to reduce congestion, improving journey times.

To illustrate the point, two members of the Quality Bus Partnership – bus operators First York and East Yorkshire Motor Services – took three buses to the Eye of York, next to Clifford’s Tower. The resulting photography illustrates that the three buses could take most of the vehicles parked in the nearby Castle car park off the city’s roads.

City of York Council’s Executive Member for Transport and Planning, Councillor Peter Dew, said: “Whether you prefer to travel by bus, bicycle or on foot, Clean Air Day is a great opportunity to leave your car at home.”

Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director for First York, said: “As local bus operators we understand the vital role we play in helping to solve the air quality challenge facing the city, as one fully-loaded bus can take 75 cars off the road. As well as investing in vehicles with ultra-low emissions, we are committed to working in partnership with the other operators and City of York Council to continually improve the bus network in York and find ways to encourage more people to switch from cars to public transport.”

Claire Robinson, Marketing Manager for East Yorkshire Motor Services, said: “With modern, comfortable buses, live tracking and tickets available to buy on your mobile phone, there’s never been a better time to get the bus. Travelling by public transport means less congestion on the roads and better air quality for everyone, and you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to park!"