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Winners! Harrogate Electrics win gold at UK's bus industry Oscars

6 months ago Sun 24th Nov 2019

Our Harrogate Electrics have been chosen as the winner of the top prize in the prestigious Environment category at the 2019 UK Bus Awards, for our mission to create the UK’s first ever Low Emission Bus Town.

The UK Bus Awards recognise and reward the industry’s finest talents and are hotly contested by hundreds of bus operators across the country.

Awards judges were extremely impressed by the success of our electric buses, describing them as “a beacon of excellence, truly demonstrating the outstanding innovations that are possible within the industry.”

Our CEO Alex Hornby said: “I’m absolutely delighted and very proud to receive this award on behalf of our amazing team in Harrogate – this is for every one of them.

“The UK Bus Awards celebrate the great innovation, talent and pride driving our bus industry forward, here in Harrogate and across the UK. We’ve earned a national reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative and successful transport operators, with our customers at the heart of everything we do.

“We also benefit from excellent partnerships at a national and local level, with organisations who see the positive contribution our electric buses make to the environment and the economy. Sponsorship from partners, including Harrogate Water Brands, Slingsby Gin and Harrogate BID, helps us to provide free travel on Sundays through our Sunday Freeway initiative – bringing more people into the heart of our town while protecting its environment.

“The challenge for us into 2020 and beyond is to keep on improving and looking after the growing number of customers who choose to travel with us every day. We’re lucky to have such a talented team who fully deserve this recognition as the nation’s finest.”

The award was presented to the Harrogate team at a ceremony in London by Graham Vidler, the chief executive of the trade association representing hundreds of UK bus and coach operators, the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

UK Bus Awards Chairman Mark Yexley said: “We congratulate the whole team at The Harrogate Bus Company on its outstanding achievement. This project shows how powerful technology, stakeholder engagement and innovation can be when used effectively as a package.”

As part of iour plan to create Britain’s first Low Emission Bus Town in Harrogate, we launched eight all-electric buses onto three local routes in Harrogate in 2018, supported by a successful bid for £2.25m from the Government’s Low Emission Bus Scheme.

We have also invested significantly in new and revitalised buses across its wider Harrogate network, powered by low-emission Euro 6 engines – and formed partnerships with Harrogate businesses to offer free journeys to everyone on Sundays on three routes served by the electric buses. The Sunday Freeway has led to a 70 per cent rise in customers travelling into Harrogate on Sundays.

The team celebrates the award win

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