Ongoing consultation to create clean transport | New
Much work is underway in North Yorkshire to transform travel across the county and meet an ambitious target to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions to combat climate change over the next eight years.
Action plans are being developed to improve the network of public electric vehicle charging stations, help public transport switch to electric vehicles and explore how more municipal vehicles can make the transition.
This means addressing challenges, some of which are specific to North Yorkshire, including the deeply rural nature of some parts of the county, the level of grid connection and capacity available and the high number of residents who rely on on-street parking.
Members of our Transportation, Economics and Environment Oversight and Oversight Committee will hear an update on work progressing towards low- and zero-carbon transportation when they meet on Thursday. October 20.
Executive Member for Climate Change, Cllr Greg White, said: “We are committed to achieving carbon neutrality, with a target to achieve it by 2030 as soon as possible. In July, we declared a climate emergency. This follows years of work to reduce our carbon footprint, which has resulted in a significant reduction across the authority of 55% since 2015. We are working to continue this reduction to achieve our 2030 ambition.”
We focus on improving public electric charging infrastructure, developing public transport and converting our own fleet to electric vehicles. We plan to consult the public on a draft electric vehicle infrastructure deployment strategy later this year.
Executive Member for Highways and Transport, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: ‘Transport is North Yorkshire’s biggest source of carbon emissions and we can only achieve our aspirations of carbon neutrality and then negativity through bold actions.
“We must not underestimate the significant challenges that are particular to North Yorkshire, including the deeply rural nature of some of our communities, which means that it is difficult, if not impossible at this time, for residents of many areas use more sustainable means of getting around.
“As a council, we are working in innovative ways to overcome some of these barriers, funding new public transport initiatives such as YorBus, investing in new walking and cycling routes and rolling out the first electric charging infrastructure in the city. county street.
“Reshaping our transport system is no easy task, but it is essential that we take action to achieve it if we are really to meet the commitments that the council has made on climate change.
We have successfully tendered for over £2m under the Government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Fund Pilot Scheme. This will pay for 70 charging points with battery storage powered by renewable energy. These will be installed throughout the county in rural locations that would be prohibitively expensive and unattractive to the private sector. The board will have the opportunity to bid for more money from the full fund in 2023.
The authority also succeeded in a joint bid with Harrogate Bus Company to the government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) fund to improve commercial bus services. Harrogate Bus Company already operates eight battery electric buses. This £20m scheme will see the conversion of its entire local bus operation in Harrogate, as well as upgrades to charging infrastructure at their depot and Harrogate bus station.
Over the next two years, 20 new electric single-decker and 19 double-decker buses will be introduced to Harrogate area routes, which will include the four air quality management zones in Ripon, Harrogate and Knaresborough , and will lead to immediate improvements in air quality. . The council is working with other bus operators to explore how they can be similarly supported.
The development work and experience of the ZEBRA project will also inform plans for the council’s contracted services, such as home-to-school transport.
We review our own fleet of over 400 vehicles. Ten electric vehicles are on order for our fleet of pool cars. Elsewhere in the fleet, the range of ultra-low, zero-emission minibuses of the type used in local bus services is not yet wide enough to allow their use on current routes, and there are few options for large good quality electric vehicles for uses such as refuse collection. However, discussions are planned with vehicle suppliers to identify the energy requirements of the different waste collection routes to inform the most appropriate mix of new waste collection vehicles following the establishment of the new North Yorkshire Council, which will replace the county council and eight districts and boroughs. advice next April.
All work aligns with the transport proposals in the devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire announced this summer. These include a five-year integrated transport settlement for the region to invest in transport priorities to support the region’s growth and funding to accelerate the shift to zero-emission public transport and the deployment of electric vehicle charging facilities.