Cardiff Bus is to retrofit 20 Alexander Dennis Enviro200 models to the Euro VI emissions standard after winning funding from Cardiff City Council’s Clean Bus Retrofit Scheme.

80% of the cost of retrofit will be funded by the Scheme and the final 20% made up by the operator. The funding comes from a Cardiff City Council led scheme supported by a Welsh Government grant. A Welsh Government logo will be placed on the side of the buses following retrofit. Work is being carried out by HJS Emission Technology.

David Conway, Service Delivery Director at Cardiff Bus, is hopeful that the vehicles will be completed by mid-summer, which will tie in with the operator’s electric bus project following a winning bid by Cardiff City Council through the government’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme.

“We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for the Clean Bus Retrofit Scheme funding,” says Mr Conway. “Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government have been instrumental in tackling air pollution in the city and this scheme is going to allow us to make our own contribution towards improving Cardiff’s air quality.

“The benefits of travelling by bus as opposed to car are becoming increasingly evident, not only for improving the health of the city’s residents but it is also a safer and cheaper mode of transport.

“Being a part of the scheme is an extension of our ongoing investment into greener buses and we can’t wait for these upgraded vehicles to be on the road later this year.

“Now really is the time for everyone to consider how we move around our city. Our buses are clean, safe, and green and are a truly credible option. We all need to reconsider what we do to improve our communities for everyone.”