Grant funding award to Xelabus to make City's
Xelabus buses are set to be fitted with pollution reducing technology following a £2.67 million government grant. As part of a drive by Southampton City Council to clean up the City’s air, the £200k award will be used to upgrade 14 of the company’s older double decker diesel buses with advanced catalytic converters which can cut nitrogen dioxide emissions by up to 90%.
Reducing harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions forms part of the City Councils objective for clean air strategy. It will greatly improve air quality on congested road corridors in the City.
Southampton was one of 20 cities across the UK to be awarded the money from the government’s £40 million Clean Bus Technology Fund. The City Council bid in partnership with Xelabus and other bus operators (First Hampshire & Go South Coast) who between them operate the 35 bus routes in the City.
Xelabus are also planning on vehicle replacement for the Eastleigh area and to introduce clean air euro 6 vehicles into the town by the end of 2019.
Xelabus have agreed to match fund the grant with investment in newer vehicles, vehicle refurbishment & driver training. Gareth Blair, managing director of Xelabus said “This funding is a great opportunity for bus operators and City Council to show its commitment to the local area in providing high quality & sustainable public transport for years to come.”