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Reading's buses to receive upgrade to meet latest environmental standards

Picture credited to Reading Buses

Reading Borough Council says the awarding of government funding to make the town's buses more environmentally friendly will make a big difference.

The Government's given £1.53 million to the council to allow Reading Buses to complete upgrade work on 96 buses.

It comes as the council looks to improve air quality across the town in time for the new standards.

The funding's been awarded following a government study which found Reading, along with 32 other councils, had roads or sections of roads that would exceed nitrogen dioxide limits after this year.

Tony Pettitt, Chief Finance and Information Officer for Reading Buses said:

“We are pleased to be part of this project which will benefit everyone in Reading.

“We have a long history of leading the industry in trialling, and subsequently using, new and cutting-edge environmental bus innovation and working with Reading Borough Council and the UK Government we look forward to being able to achieve the best possible outcome for the town and further reduce emissions.”

Councillor Tony Page, Reading’s Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:

“I welcome this funding which will result in Reading’s bus fleet becoming even cleaner and greener than it already is.

“Like many large towns and cities in the UK, parts of Reading are blighted by pollution and the Council has been leading the way to improve air quality by making public transport, cycling and walking more attractive.

“However, the Council cannot tackle this national problem alone and this extra funding will help deliver the improved air quality Reading residents rightly expect.”

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