GREENER buses are to be trialled in York as part of a drive to improve the city’s air quality.

The low-emission vehicles will be tested out on the Park&Ride route linking the city centre with York Designer Outlet over a six-month period from the start of next month, with passengers being asked to let City of York Council know what they think.

The trial will see different types of buses, including electric vehicles which can be charged in six hours and hybrid vehicles which use energy generated as they brake to charge a motor. Bus operator First York has teamed up with the council to run the initiative.

Coun Steve Galloway, the council’s executive member for city strategy, said: “I am grateful to First York for their work in making these vehicles available for residents to try out. They use technology which we can expect to become commonplace during the next decade and I would very much welcome residents’ comments on the buses. Any suggestions will influence the development of a low carbon and low emission transport system in the city.”

The results of the trial will also be fed into Fulford’s Air Quality Action Plan as the buses will pass through the area.