Buses join the fight for better air in Bath

By admin on April 04, 2019

Nine new buses have
joined First West of England’s
fleet in Bath in a further move to improve the city’s air quality.

The new Slimline
Optare Solo buses, with modern new interiors, meet the latest Euro VI
environmental standards and will be running through Combe Down, Larkhall,
Fairfield Park, Kingsway, Haycombe and Bathampton.

Rob Sanderson, First
West of England’s operations manager for Bath, said: “Bringing these new buses
to Bath is especially exciting. Not only will it mean that customers will
be able to enjoy a more comfortable journey, but they will also play their part
in making the city’s air cleaner for everybody.

“Making this
investment just a week after announcing the upgrade of 10 buses to the latest
environmental standards shows how First West of England are leading the way in
investing in our fleet in Bath to improve the customer experience and safeguard
the environment for future generations.”

The introduction of
the new buses is possible after Bath and North East Somerset Council
made improvements to the roads along the bus routes to allow the vehicles to
travel. The new buses have been introduced thanks to £1.5m investment from FirstGroup.

The announcement
comes just weeks after First West of England announced a £127,750 upgrade to 10
buses in the city to also tackle air pollution, following the decision by Bath
and North East Somerset Council to introduce a clean air zone in the city.

The new buses will
run on services 2, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12.

Pictured above: First West of England operations manager for Bath joins driver
Andy Evered with one of the new buses