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Pledge to make city greener

Author: CIVITAS Support
Posted on: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 15:52
Norwich , SMILE

The people of Norwich were today promised a greener and cleaner city as a raft of environmentally-friendly initiatives were unveiled.

The City’s first low emissions zone came into operation on the 30th July in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and clean up Norwich’s air.The measure, carried out in Castle Meadow, which is traditionally one of the areas in the city with the worst air quality problems, will mean stricter limits on exhaust emissions, the promise of grants to bus companies willing to make their vehicles more environmentally-friendly and free eco-driving training.The regulations require bus drivers to switch off their engines when waiting in Castle Meadow. There are more on street ticket machines, to reduce the time that buses dwell at bus stops, and more bus services from Norwich railway station powered by Euro 4 engines using biodiesel fuel.The introduction of the zone is a joint initiative between Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council and is one of the measures introduced as part of the CIVITAS initiative, co-financed by the European Union, for cleaner and better transport in cities.

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