Lancaster is going greener and improving its air quality with new vehicle technology.
The city council has just placed orders for three new electric vehicles, while the Stagecoach bus firm is to retro-fit 17 buses operating in the Lancaster area with technology to reduce Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) emissions.
On June 21 – national Clean Air Day – the council hosted a workshop to promote low-emission taxis.
Lancashire County Council was awarded £288,000 more than two years ago to enable the retro-fitting of the buses. Green Party councillors in the city have welcomed the actions that they say are “finally being taken to address Lancaster city centre’s poor air quality”. Within parts of Lancaster city centre, NO2 levels are currently still well above the European Union’s objective level.
Coun Tim Hamilton-Cox said: “I’m a trustee at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club on Dallas Road and the club has just signed up to allow local, non-profit start-up Charge My Street to install two EV-charging points for people who want to buy an EV but don’t have off-road parking. This is part of a wider EV-charging point project by Charge My Street and the city council.
“It feels like the momentum behind adoption of EVs (whilst accepting that EVs are not zero-pollution vehicles) is really starting to build now. Given the proven health impacts of poor air quality, we need a sense of urgency to build on these initiatives.”
Coun Andrew Warriner, cabinet member with responsibility for environmental health, said: “It is great to see the council and its partners moving forward to embrace these changes. Electric vehicles and bikes are set to change how we move around and it is likely that the change will take place more rapidly than we would expect.”