|At Brighton & Hove and Metrobus we take our responsibilities on climate change and air quality very seriously. This month we have taken another step on our journey with an additional 24 new Enviro400 ER buses to our fleet this month, bringing the total to 54. This inspired us to want to help widen awareness of the climate change and air quality issues we all face and provide complete transparency on how we are responding to it.
In this short film, Neil Pringle investigates the wider challenges and explores how together we can affect change for everyone’s future, and lifts the lid on some of the new bus technologies.
You’ll hear from Dan Hayes at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, Amy Heley, Chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee for Brighton & Hove City Council, Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay from the Brighton & Sussex Medical School and Andrew Boag the Chair of Brighton Buswatch. Dan Hyden from bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd will take you ‘under the hood’ to explain the technology on the new buses.
In the city’s ultra-low emissions zone these 54 new buses will now drive 244,000 bus miles emissions free every year; that’s over 3,000,000 passenger journeys, while many more low emissions Euro V1 bus journeys continue to reduce the air quality and climate impacts of many millions more that otherwise would be made by car across the city.
But it’s not enough to stop there. We have successfully run trials to operate the new buses emissions-free in some other key parts of the city too; at the Royal County Hospital and London Road. And we are already working hard to achieve our next steps on the route to emissions free buses with hydrogen technology.