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Harrogate bus firm backs 'Car Free Friday' with travel discount

The Harrogate Bus Company is offering a two-for-one travel deal to support a new initiative to clear the air across the district.

Harrogate bus firm backs 'Car Free Friday' with travel discount

The Harrogate Bus Company is offering a discounted travel deal to support the relaunch of the town's 'Car Free Fridays' initiative.

The campaign aims to clear the air across the district with a two-for-one travel offer on Fridays.

The bus firm, which operates the town’s zero-emission Harrogate Electrics buses, is supporting Zero Carbon Harrogate as it prepares to relaunch its ‘Car Free Fridays’ campaign on Friday 20th October.

It's in response to renewed rises in emissions and congestion on the town’s roads following the pandemic.

[caption id="attachment_83211" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Car Free Fridays is making a return to Harrogate thanks to Zero Carbon Harrogate.[/caption]

Zero Carbon Harrogate is inviting motorists to sign up online to a pledge to leave their cars at home at least one day per week – and to encourage motorists to make the switch, two people can now travel together using one Harrogate 1 day ticket on Fridays.

The incentive is also being welcomed by North Yorkshire Council as a positive step to ease congestion and clear the air on Fridays – traditionally one of the busiest days of the week on Harrogate’s roads.

The Harrogate Bus Company’s Commercial Director Paul Turner said:

“It’s very important that as a community we continue to do all we can to reduce carbon emissions.

“Our £21 million order for 39 new buses to fully convert our Harrogate fleet to zero-emission electric power next year will make a significant contribution, but right now we can all do our bit to drive down carbon emissions simply by signing up to the campaign pledge to leave the car at home for just one day a week.

“As well as the benefit to our local environment, choosing the bus makes sense in lots more ways – it’s a lot less stressful than driving, and with a full day’s travel anywhere for two people travelling together within Harrogate, Knaresborough, Wetherby and as far as Harewood and Ripley on the 36 at only £5.70 on Car Free Fridays, it’s a lot cheaper than driving into town and paying for parking.”

[caption id="attachment_83212" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The Harrogate Bus Company will be offering a 2-for-1 discount.[/caption]

A registered charity which brings together residents across the Harrogate District, Zero Carbon Harrogate is working to support a low-carbon sustainable economy, with the aim of making the area a net zero carbon community by 2030.

Cars make up an estimated 49 per cent of total emissions in Harrogate District – a percentage that remained almost static over the 10 years prior to the pandemic, while emissions produced by generating power for homes fell by 26.5 per cent over the same period.

Zero Carbon Harrogate Chair Jemima Parker said:

“We are delighted that The Harrogate Bus Company is once again offering two for one travel on Fridays to support our renewed Car Free Fridays campaign.

"We all know congestion has returned to Harrogate’s roads following the pandemic – and cars are one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions in our town.

“That’s why we are bringing back our Car Free Fridays campaign, and inviting drivers to sign a pledge to leave the car at home.

"Doing so will improve air quality for everyone, while walking to the bus stop can also boost our own physical and mental health.

“There are always going to be some people who need to use the car for some journeys, but most of us can pick up the Car Free Fridays habit and look forward to the weekend knowing we’ve done our bit for our neighbours, our town and the planet.”

Two people can travel on Car Free Fridays using one Harrogate 1 day ticket available at £5.70 from bus drivers, and on the free to download Transdev Go mobile app.

The ‘Car Free Fridays’ campaign launches officially this Friday 20th October – full details are online at: zerocarbonharrogate.org.uk/carfreefridays.

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