Bus company picks up stars for green effort

Bus firm Stagecoach Yorkshire’s efforts to reduce vehicle emissions have been rewarded with a four-star rating in the Care4Air ECO Stars Fleet Recognition programme.

Stagecoach has become the first transport operator in South Yorkshire to achieve the rating after being upgraded from three stars.

The scheme, the first of its kind in the UK, recognises fleet operators who are using lower polluting vehicles and effective fuel management.

Stagecoach Yorkshire, which operates services in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster and also in Chesterfield, became the first bus operator to join the programme in 2009.

Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We are extremely proud to see our hard work and commitment has been recognised.”

Over the past 12 months, Stagecoach Yorkshire has invested almost £12 million in 40 electric hybrid buses which are running in Sheffield and have 30 per cent lower carbon emission than standard buses.