As the UK’s guinea pig for the first all-electric bus route, Milton Keynes is helping to put “pride back into buses”, says Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh MP.
On Tuesday, the Labour MP for Wakefield took a ride on one of Arriva’s bright green and blue electric bus, which has a special technological advantage - wireless charging.
It came into force in January with plates set into the road at either end of the route in Wolverton and Bletchley that transfer power directly underneath.
Mrs Creagh said: “Milton Keynes has got a massive history of transport innovation and provision and it’s great to see that tradition continuing in a clean green format.
“I want to put pride back into the bus and make it the mode of transport for everyone so that it becomes irresistible and people choose to use it over taking the car.
“Nationally the big issue with electric buses is that you need to buy twice as many vehicles because the battery only lasts half as long.
“If we can sort the battery problem with these types of induction plates then you’re halfway towards a solution.”
The Shadow Transport Secretary was joined by prospective parliamentary candidate Andrew Pakes and Councillor Mick Legg, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm.
Mr Pakes said: “It’s really challenging times for councils to find the money to invest in new innovations.
“It’s incredibly difficult for us to keep up to our founding principles of being the leading technology city in the country, but we can through our partnerships with Arriva.”