New electric buses can radically reduce emissions in transport sector – Farrell

by Gazette Reporter
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The announcement of 120 new electric battery buses for public transport shows how we can radically reduce emissions and deliver state of the art transportation, Fine Gael Climate Action Spokesperson and Dublin Fingal TD, Alan Farrell,  said this week.

“Transport emissions are a huge piece of the puzzle when it comes to tackling climate change and achieving the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The addition of 120 new battery electric buses, which will serve Dublin and Limerick from next year is the kind of investment and rejuvenation in this sector we must encourage and develop,” Deputy Farrell said.

“These double decker buses will be emissions free vehicles, marking a radical change from where the sector was just a few years ago. By increasing our electrified fleets across all forms of public transport, we can deliver a quieter, more comfortable service, while also protecting the environment and our climate.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “Key to reducing our transport sector emissions, is the delivery of sustainable, reliable and affordable, public transport. By achieving this we can encourage people to leave their private cars at home and get around our cities and towns using clean public transport.”

“These 120 buses will form part of an overall plan to see 800 fully electric buses on our roads in the years ahead, transforming the bus services around the country.”

Deputy Farrell recently called on the Government to extend the 20% reduction on public transport fares past the end of 2022, across all public transport providers.

Deputy Farrell added, “Reducing the cost of transport provides another incentive to make a sustainable choice and contribute to the national effort to tackle climate change.”

Of the 120 buses, 100 will be operated by Dublin Bus, while the remaining 20 will be operated by Bus Eireann. The buses are provided for under an agreement signed with Wrightbus, announced on this week. The buses cost €80.4M.

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