All power to city’s award winning electric buses

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Milton Keynes’s Electric Bus project has been recognised for Excellence in Technology at the National Transport Awards.

The Electric Bus Project has won the accolade as one of the most innovative transport projects of the year.

The project has involved replacing seven diesel buses on Route 7 in Milton Keynes with eight fully electric buses in a five-year trial.

It aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of low carbon transport.

The Milton Keynes trial uses wireless charging technology to ensure buses can run nonstop throughout the working day.

The use of wireless charging means that, for the first time, electric buses will effectively be able to operate in the same way as a vehicle powered by diesel.

Brian Matthews, head of Transport at Milton Keynes Council, said: “This is fantastic recognition for a fantastic project.

“The council are thrilled that Arriva won this prestigious national award against some very strong competition. The electric bus is truly a great asset for Milton Keynes and the council with Arriva and the other project partners trust this recognition gives others the confidence to take forward innovative, projects as we do here in Milton Keynes. “

Maq Alibhai, operations director for Arriva, added “We are delighted with this win, the project has been hugely successful and we are proud to be part of such an important, industry leading project”

This award comes on top of an award by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership where the Electric bus was highly commended in its contribution to sustainable travel in September.