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More Yellow School Buses on the way for Greater Manchester schools

Press Release   •   Sep 01, 2014 11:31 BST

Hundreds more Greater Manchester pupils will be going green this term – by catching a new yellow school bus.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) fleet of popular school buses is being boosted by 13 new
environmentally friendly vehicles.

Six schools in Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Stockport and Trafford are set to get their first yellow school bus service, joining 53 other schools across Greater Manchester in cutting congestion caused by the school run. The Bury schools are Philips High and Castlebrook High.

The latest hybrid-electric buses – which cost £210,000 each – are being part-funded by the Government’s Green Bus Fund and reduce harmful emissions by up to 35% compared to diesel buses.

52 of the 93 strong fleet are now hybrid-electric vehicles, while a further 34 older diesel yellow school buses will shortly be retro-fitted with air pollution control equipment to reduce emissions.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “Not only are these buses taking thousands of car journeys off the road every year, but Greater Manchester now has the greenest fleet of yellow school buses in the country.

“Yellow school buses are a great way to travel, providing children and their parents with a safe, reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to the school run. I’m pleased that hundreds more pupils are set to benefit.”

Since their introduction in 2003, Greater Manchester’s yellow school buses have taken millions of car journeys off the road and proved successful in tackling on-bus anti-social behaviour.

More than 3,000 pupils are signed up to use the services, which pick-up and drop-off children close to home, in a safe place to wait and board.

Children using yellow school buses sit in the same safety-belt fitted seat every day, which helps prevent vandalism and litter – and buses have interior and exterior CCTV video recorders.

Buses can seat 57-67 students, with a regular driver who recognises registered passengers, reducing behaviour problems. All drivers are specially trained in customer care and disability awareness.

The buses are also available for hire to schools and youth groups outside of operational hours, being put to good use for cultural, educational and sports activities.

More information is available at www.tfgm.com/yellowschoolbus.

ENDS

Media contact: Becky Marr on 0161 244 1055 or email mediarelations@tfgm.com

 

Notes to Editors

1. The six schools getting their first yellow school bus service are:

· Cheadle Hulme College (Stockport)

· Philips High School and Castlebrook High School (Shared Service) (Bury)

·  St Matthews RC High School (Manchester)

· The Blessed John Henry Newman College (Oldham)

· St Antony’s RC High School (Trafford)

2. Transport for Greater Manchester is an executive body of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

3. Transport policies that affect the ten districts of Greater Manchester are set by the Combined Authority.

4. The Transport for Greater Manchester Committee is a Joint Committee of the Combined Authority and the ten district authorities of Greater Manchester. It oversees the work of TfGM,monitors the performance of transport services, scrutinises the delivery of transport capital projects, and advises the Combined Authority on transport policy.