Hertfordshire County Council and bus operator Uno have agreed a deal to phase out part of their diesel fleet and introduce 27 new electric buses.

Hertfordshire said the new buses, which were funded through £5.6m from the Government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, would enable a more reliable service given their reduced maintenance requirements.

The first bus is expected to be in service next year, with all new buses in operation by 2026, travelling on routes in the Hatfield, St Albans and Welwyn Garden City areas.

Hertfordshire’s executive member for highways and transport, Phil Bibby, said: ‘The ZEBRA funding will provide a wonderful opportunity to start replacing our old bus models with new electric ones, helping to make our county a cleaner and greener one that we all want to enjoy.’

Uno bus managing director Jim Thorpe said: ‘Every day we connect people with work, education, appointments, shopping, as well as with friends and family; and by offering a greener and cleaner option we’re confident more and more people will join us on board.’

Sign up here to receive our free weekly news bulletin and quarterly e-book.