Salisbury Business Improvement District

Salisbury Reds launch new electric buses

31st January 2020

Salisbury Reds launch 3 new electric buses for city centre's park and ride services.

A total of £1.2 million has been invested to purchase 3 new electric buses for the city centre's park and ride services from Britford and Petersfinger.

The electric bus purchase is following Salisbury Reds and Wiltshire Council's successful bid for a £600,000 grant from the Government's Department for Transport.

The move means greener and cleaner journeys across the city.

Andrew Wickham, Salisbury Reds managing director, said: “Together with Wiltshire Council, our team worked incredibly hard to gain government support, under the Low Emission Bus Scheme, for this important initiative."

“It’s all about helping to lower emissions across the UK, following the publication of the government’s draft Air Quality Plan, and I am delighted that Salisbury Reds is at the forefront of that project here in Wiltshire.

“Buses are the perfect solution to improving air quality in our towns and cities. I’m very much looking forward to seeing these three new electric vehicles out-and-about across Salisbury and the surrounding area.”

Cllr Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways and transport, joined those journeying on the buses for the very first time: “We’re delighted that three new electric buses are now serving our park and ride sites in Salisbury,” she said.

“These buses represent a significant investment in the city, and will help to reduce the environmental impact of visitors and improve air quality. This is an important part of our pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, and we hope that by leading the way with initiatives like this, it will inspire people and other organisations to make a positive difference.

“I’d urge all visitors to Salisbury to use the five park and ride services where possible, as this will have a positive impact on reducing pollution and congestion, and it also allows easy access to our beautiful city.”

Photo thanks to Simon Ward Photography