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Eco-friendly hybrid buses launched in Sheffield

A fleet of "eco-friendly" buses is being launched in Sheffield this week.

Twenty one diesel-electric hybrid double-decker buses will travel across Sheffield as part of a campaign by Stagecoach Yorkshire.

The buses, with free wi-fi, are claimed to cut carbon emissions by 30%.

Paul Lynch, managing director, said the buses would provide customers with the same service and hoped they would entice more people on to public transport.

According to Stagecoach, each bus will use 20,000 fewer gallons of diesel a year.

'Safe and reliable'

The £6m fleet will be introduced on the 120 service in the city, which travels through Fulwood, Ranmoor, Broomhill, the city centre, Manor Top, Frecheville, Waterthorpe and Halfway.

John Grant, who lectures in sustainable development at Sheffield Hallam University, said the technology in hybrid vehicles was not the only consideration.

"It's about driving in an eco-friendly way. At the end of the day it isn't the only influence. I hope the drivers understand how to get the most of the vehicles."

Mr Lynch added: "We are proud to be introducing these new vehicles, which will provide customers with the same safe and reliable service but also cut carbon emissions and show our commitment to attracting non-bus users to public transport.

"Our passengers will therefore enjoy the dual benefits of a cleaner, greener bus service and smoother ride."

The buses which have been partly funded with £2m from the government's Green Bus Fund will will powered by a combination of diesel engine and an electric motor.

The electrical energy, which is generated by braking, will be stored in a battery.

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