Fuels on Merseyside
Public transport releases less pollution than any car on the road
today, per person transported, and is the most sustainable form
of motorised travel. We all know that sometimes car use is essential. However
options are available to convert or purchase new vehicles to run
on alternative, less harmful, fuels.
reason why alternative fuels are being considered is air pollution.
Global and regional levels of air pollution are increasing and transport
plays a significant contributing role. We have all read about global
warming and greenhouse gases affecting the global environment. Transport
also affects the local environment and poor air quality in our towns
and cities leading to 24,000 early deaths each year in the UK. The
use of alternative fuels is proven to release less pollution in
comparison to conventional petrol and diesel. If the use of a car
is essential we should at least consider a more environmentally
friendly option. We have no right to damage the environment for
A number of alternative fuelled vehicles are in operation across
Merseyside. Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural
Gas (CNG) vehicles are the most common with some hybrid (battery
and liquid fuel) vehicles in operation. Merseytravel and Liverpool
City Council have been operating LPG, gas and electric powered vehicles
for a number of years and as part of the CATCH
project, 6 new hybrid buses will be in operation across Merseyside
in 2005 and later implemented for all coach hire..