Coming to a bus stop near you: green transport comes to Dorchester and Prince Charles's village
By alfiebass | Tuesday, April 05, 2011, 20:25
Dorchester and Poundbury residents will benefit from a new,
What energy saving measure next for Poundbury? Green cars?
environmentally friendly bus service following a successful joint bid
by Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council and the Duchy of
The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a grant of £166,000 from
its Green Bus Fund to helpbuy two electric-powered buses
to serve a brand new route between Dorchester town centre and Poundbury.
The two British-made Optare Solo vehicles will be the first fully
electric public buses operating in southern England when they come into
service this autumn.
Dorset County Council intends to bid again and extend the electric bus services across Dorchester.
The economical buses offer combined estimated fuel savings of £25,000
over five years compared to standard diesel engines. They will help
improve air quality in the county town, reducing carbon emissions by
around 39 tonnes a year.
The Green Bus Fund was set up by the DfT to help bus companies and
local authorities in England meet the cost of buying new, low-carbon
buses. The fund encourages bidders to raise some of the cost themselves
and offers grants of up to 90 per cent of the difference between the
cost of the low carbon bus and its standard diesel equivalent.
Dorset County Council has contributed £126,000 and West Dorset District Council £100,000 towards the cost of the buses.
David Dawkins, Dorset Passenger Transport manager, Dorset County Council, said: "Public transport has a major environmental improvement role to play in
reducing both car dependency and emissions. Buses cover very high
mileages in their lifetimes, so we are very pleased that we have
finally been able to make this technology viable in the Dorchester area
and directly improve the local environment. Stage two will be to
convert all of Dorchester’s local bus services to electric.”
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