Hopping on a bus is an easy way of helping the West Midlands achieve ambitious plans to tackle climate change, through simply making cleaner and greener transport choices.
If more of us catch the bus this means fewer cars on the roads, which in turn makes our services more efficient due to reductions in congestion. This also crucially, makes roads safer and the air cleaner for everyone to breathe. A vast majority of cars are used for single person, short distance journeys.
A survey carried out by Transport for West Midlands showed that three key things people wanted as a legacy of the pandemic were cleaner air, quieter roads and a better work-life balance. We really believe that bus travel can help with this. Lots of small individual actions cumulatively have shown how we can completely turn the trajectory for air quality. Birmingham is going a step further with the introduction of its Clean Air Zone launching in 2021.
Of course, however we are proud to be leading the way on sustainable public transport across our entire bus fleet.
Our plan is to learn which routes lend themselves to hydrogen or electric buses and what the most efficient mix of vehicles in our fleet should be going forward. This will be dependent on a number of factors including the length of routes, types of journeys people are making and number of people on board.
On a per passenger kilometre basis, a full modern bus performs better on emissions than the average private car and also uses road space much more efficiently. Diesel cars are the biggest contributors to NOx pollution from road transport, together accounting for 71% of emissions, compared with just 6% for buses and coaches.
In February 2020 we outlined a vision to become the UK’s most sustainable bus company, with our fleet becoming fully zero emission from 2030. We simply believe this is the right thing to do for our customers, the communities we serve and our stakeholders.
As part of our zero emission vision our parent company; National Express Group has promised:
We’ve also signed up to the West Midlands Net Zero Business Pledge and are doing our bit to make the West Midlands net zero by 2041.
If your business does not yet have exclusive staff discounts with National Express West Midlands, your workplace could sign up to a corporate partnership to help your team save money and make a more sustainable commute!
Clean Air Day is an initiative by Global Action Plan, Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector with the aim of:
Our Environmental policy can be found here.
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