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Half of National Express buses in Wolverhampton are now environmentally-friendly

By Joe Sweeney | Wolverhampton | Transport | Published:

Transport bosses in Wolverhampton have just announced two major environmental milestones for the city's bus fleets.

Some of the West Midlands newer environmentally-friendly bus fleet

National Express West Midlands – the region’s largest bus company – this week revealed that 50 per cent of their buses are now Euro 6 standard, meaning lower Co2 emissions than an average diesel-run family car.

Also, all the electricity used in keeping the fleet running – including powering depots and office – now comes from fully-renewable and carbon-neutral sources, such as wind and solar power, bosses have revealed.

The move comes as part of an ongoing upgrade programme, with the remainder of the company’s buses due to become electricity-powered over the next twelve months.

Wolverhampton Council declared an official ‘climate emergency’ in July this year, when it was first revealed that the region’s bus company would be a leading player in limiting environmental damage – with an overall goal of making the city greener by 2028.

Councillor Phil Bateman said: “This is now very much a priority issue nationally and globally, and many of the other councils across the country have also declared climate emergencies now.

“We became the first local authority in the Black Country to pledge to reduce carbon emissions and overall Co2 levels right down to zero by 2028.

“This is not only tremendous news for the bus company and the work they have already done, but also for the conurbation and for Wolverhampton as a city.

“We are home to a large NX West Midlands bus depot in Park Lane, where we provide a lot of employment that is very much valued in the city’s business scene. So I would like to congratulate National Express wholeheartedly,” he added.

A spokesman for National Express West Midlands said plans were well on target to transform it’s entire bus fleet over to electrical, environmentally friendly buses over the next year.

Joe Sweeney

By Joe Sweeney
@JoeSweeneyLDR

Local Democracy Reporter covering Wolverhampton.

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