Arriva unveils low emission buses

York Press: At the Eye of York with the new Arriva buses are, from left, Stuart Bear, Arriva Yorkshire’s commercial manager, Mark Fenwick, Arriva’s Selby depot manager, Andrew Bradley, York’s sustainable transport manager and Coun Dave Merrett At the Eye of York with the new Arriva buses are, from left, Stuart Bear, Arriva Yorkshire’s commercial manager, Mark Fenwick, Arriva’s Selby depot manager, Andrew Bradley, York’s sustainable transport manager and Coun Dave Merrett

FOUR brand new buses with the lowest possible diesel emissions have taken to the roads in York.

The Optare vehicles, built at Sherburn-in-Elmet, have been acquired by Arriva to run on three routes in the city which it took over last autumn from Transdev.

They were unveiled yesterday at the Eye of York before setting off on services 24, 26 and 27, which respectively operate the York/Holgate/Acomb route, the Fulford/York/South Bank/Knavesmire route and the route between the city centre to Fulford and the University of York.

Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport at City of York Council, which funds the services, said the delivery of the new buses was fantastic news.

“They will provide an even better service to bus users on these busy routes,” he said.

“This also supports our York by Bus campaign, which aims to encourage even more people to travel by bus and increase passenger numbers by 18 per cent by 2015.”

Nigel Featham, regional managing director for Arriva Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this additional investment as part of our ongoing commitment in providing a quality service to the residents of York and the surrounding areas.”

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11:11am Thu 30 Jan 14

bloodaxe says...

Are you watching, First ?
Are you watching, First ? bloodaxe
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11:13am Thu 30 Jan 14

BL2 says...

“This also supports our York by Bus campaign, which aims to encourage even more people to travel by bus and increase passenger numbers by 18 per cent by 2015.”


So this campaign is to be realised by cutting bus routes and causing more traffic issues then? Good luck with that!
[quote]“This also supports our York by Bus campaign, which aims to encourage even more people to travel by bus and increase passenger numbers by 18 per cent by 2015.” [/quote] So this campaign is to be realised by cutting bus routes and causing more traffic issues then? Good luck with that! BL2
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11:30am Thu 30 Jan 14

matroom says...

The merritt pantomime continues, make the most of it, as of next years election youll be nothing more than a bitter memory..........
The merritt pantomime continues, make the most of it, as of next years election youll be nothing more than a bitter memory.......... matroom
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3:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

T'Marcus says...

matroom wrote:
The merritt pantomime continues, make the most of it, as of next years election youll be nothing more than a bitter memory..........
With Merrett involved it is a certainty that it will be a FLOP.
[quote][p][bold]matroom[/bold] wrote: The merritt pantomime continues, make the most of it, as of next years election youll be nothing more than a bitter memory..........[/p][/quote]With Merrett involved it is a certainty that it will be a FLOP. T'Marcus
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3:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

MERRETT THE BUS DRIVER. GET LEARNING MERRETT. AS YOUVE MESSED UP YORK WITH THE LENDAL SAGA. OR IS IT MERRETT ON THE BUSSES
MERRETT THE BUS DRIVER. GET LEARNING MERRETT. AS YOUVE MESSED UP YORK WITH THE LENDAL SAGA. OR IS IT MERRETT ON THE BUSSES Dave Ruddock
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3:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

lezyork1966 says...

diesel is diesel, its not getting much better cleaner or efficient just the goalposts move, where are these electric ones we were supposed to get, how about banning diesel busses from the city centre altogether...
diesel is diesel, its not getting much better cleaner or efficient just the goalposts move, where are these electric ones we were supposed to get, how about banning diesel busses from the city centre altogether... lezyork1966
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3:42pm Thu 30 Jan 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

bloodaxe wrote:
Are you watching, First ?
Hopefully they are, they will see the reality throughout the day (today) and early evening. Then after CBeebies finishes at 7pm they will see what a few people would like it to be. Maybe the night shift is planned again and we will get the fantastic exaggerated mark-downs that are causing significant hilarity.

Anyway I'll start by marking this one -ve with my vote.

Oh and well done First, welcome to the low emissions world that many car owners have inhabited for quite some time.

18% increased usage + Merrett = As believable as the ratings on all council press releases (LOL).
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: Are you watching, First ?[/p][/quote]Hopefully they are, they will see the reality throughout the day (today) and early evening. Then after CBeebies finishes at 7pm they will see what a few people would like it to be. Maybe the night shift is planned again and we will get the fantastic exaggerated mark-downs that are causing significant hilarity. Anyway I'll start by marking this one -ve with my vote. Oh and well done First, welcome to the low emissions world that many car owners have inhabited for quite some time. 18% increased usage + Merrett = As believable as the ratings on all council press releases (LOL). YOUWILLDOASISAY
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3:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

the original Homer says...

The article says they have "the lowest possible diesel emissions".

Anyone with a scientific mind wil tell you that's absolute rubbish!

These buses may well have the lowest currently available emissions, but that's not the "lowest possible".

To claim that today's best effort represents "the lowest possible diesel emissions" is foolish, and bound to be disproved, sooner or later.

We might never see a true zero emission diesel engine, but technology wil get ever closer to that. We may also see vehciles capable of purifying the air they pass through, to the extent that buses could have negative nett emissions.
The article says they have "the lowest possible diesel emissions". Anyone with a scientific mind wil tell you that's absolute rubbish! These buses may well have the lowest currently available emissions, but that's not the "lowest possible". To claim that today's best effort represents "the lowest possible diesel emissions" is foolish, and bound to be disproved, sooner or later. We might never see a true zero emission diesel engine, but technology wil get ever closer to that. We may also see vehciles capable of purifying the air they pass through, to the extent that buses could have negative nett emissions. the original Homer
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4:49pm Thu 30 Jan 14

BigJon says...

Whatever happened to the electric or hybrid buses that were supposed to be starting to run in York.....surely they'll have the lowest (currently) possible emissions
Whatever happened to the electric or hybrid buses that were supposed to be starting to run in York.....surely they'll have the lowest (currently) possible emissions BigJon
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6:55pm Thu 30 Jan 14

nowthen says...

Reminds me of an old sitcom ; guess who's Blakey .
Reminds me of an old sitcom ; guess who's Blakey . nowthen
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7:46pm Thu 30 Jan 14

matroom says...

I think the press need to sort out the problem with negative feedback. Its a joke.
I think the press need to sort out the problem with negative feedback. Its a joke. matroom
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7:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

piaggio1 says...

Oh dont worry......IT will be 18%.
COS tbe idiot say.s so.
Oh dont worry......IT will be 18%. COS tbe idiot say.s so. piaggio1
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9:30pm Thu 30 Jan 14

matroom says...

If theres a hacker, surely its illegal. Nearly as much as a farce as merritt !!!
If theres a hacker, surely its illegal. Nearly as much as a farce as merritt !!! matroom
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9:37pm Thu 30 Jan 14

matroom says...

Sort it out press. This needs to be lookedinto an explained.
Sort it out press. This needs to be lookedinto an explained. matroom
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2:41am Fri 31 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

bloodaxe wrote:
Are you watching, First ?
First have got 6 fully electric vehicles ready for service along the Poppleton Road corridor (search Flikr for 'first york electric versa')... and there's 5 double decker hybrids on their way too.
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: Are you watching, First ?[/p][/quote]First have got 6 fully electric vehicles ready for service along the Poppleton Road corridor (search Flikr for 'first york electric versa')... and there's 5 double decker hybrids on their way too. Magicman!
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2:46am Fri 31 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

... Also the fully electric minibus for the university shuttle is sat on the Transdev yard in Fulford.


These Arriva minibuses will have engines that conform to the latest Euro regulations (Euro6 as I recall), which make them the most fuel-efficient diesel buses currently in York. It is also worth noting that Arriva have purchased these buses to run subsidised bus services, services let out on a contract that they could lose just as easily as they won the contract - so to get brand new vehicles for these routes suggests to me that Arriva want to really make their presence felt in York so that they get a few more routes too. There's already a good few pictures of these buses online on websites such as Flikr
... Also the fully electric minibus for the university shuttle is sat on the Transdev yard in Fulford. These Arriva minibuses will have engines that conform to the latest Euro regulations (Euro6 as I recall), which make them the most fuel-efficient diesel buses currently in York. It is also worth noting that Arriva have purchased these buses to run subsidised bus services, services let out on a contract that they could lose just as easily as they won the contract - so to get brand new vehicles for these routes suggests to me that Arriva want to really make their presence felt in York so that they get a few more routes too. There's already a good few pictures of these buses online on websites such as Flikr Magicman!
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8:14pm Mon 17 Feb 14

bicky98 says...

On these busy routes hahaha 27 is always empty 24 gets some good loadings and 26 is really only good between Fulford and city centre they where much better when it was the old 24/26 to Acomb and Askham bar
On these busy routes hahaha 27 is always empty 24 gets some good loadings and 26 is really only good between Fulford and city centre they where much better when it was the old 24/26 to Acomb and Askham bar bicky98
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