New electric buses for Nailsea and District Community Transport

On the 26 June Nailsea and District Community Transport (NDCT) celebrated the launch of two new electric community buses funded by Nailsea Town Council.

The total funding of £177,060 for the electric buses came from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This is a charge that local authorities can set on new development in order to raise funds to help fund infrastructure, facilities and services such as schools or transport improvements.

The launch event started at 2.30pm at Coates House in Nailsea High Street with soft drinks and social time. It was the perfect opportunity for stakeholders to have a look at the new buses and warmly welcome the key people involved in the NDCT bus service.

James Tonkin Vice Chair of Nailsea Town Council gave a speech and cut the ribbon to launch the new buses. This was followed by further opportunities for refreshments and a piece of cake.

James said “This initiative marks a significant step forward in improving the mobility and connectivity of our community, whilst supporting our environmental objectives to reduce carbon omissions.
But the new buses are not just about getting from one place to another, they are about bringing people together, fostering inclusivity, and ensuring that everyone, regardless of age or ability, has access to reliable and convenient greener transport.

This project is a testament to what can be achieved when we work together with a shared vision of progress, environmental objectives and community support.

I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who has contributed to making these new electric buses a reality. Your hard work and dedication are very much appreciated and will have a lasting impact on our community.

Cameron Stewart, Chairman of NCDT said “Last year, over 13,000 journeys were carried out with our fleet of diesel minibuses. You will appreciate the advantages that these 2 new electric minibuses will make to local air quality and noise pollution as well as cost savings to NDCT – a ‘Not for Profit’ Community Benefit Society, which is celebrating 30 years of service within the community, this year.”