Transdev unveils eco-friendly depot in York, pioneering future expansion

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Transdev’s new eco-friendly depot in Rawcliffe, York, sets a pioneering standard for sustainable transport with its energy-efficient design and commitment to biodiversity conservation.

Transdev unveils eco-friendly depot in York, pioneering future expansion

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Transdev has announced that it has inaugurated its cutting-edge green depot on the outskirts of York, signalling a bold outlook on future growth. The newly unveiled facility in Rawcliffe sets a high standard with its innovative features and commitment to environmental responsibility.

The sprawling complex includes an in-house training Academy, designed to attract and nurture top talent for the company’s driving and engineering teams. Notably, the depot boasts a 28% reduction in carbon emissions compared to governmental standards from 2013, achieved through the integration of renewable technologies like solar panels, air source heat pumps and advanced energy-saving measures.

In addition, the site enhances biodiversity through strategic planting and installation of nesting boxes for birds and bats, fostering a thriving ecosystem. Forward-thinking infrastructure also includes charging facilities for light electric vehicles, with future-proof provisions for a complete transition to electric buses.

Key components of the facility include a state-of-the-art engineering workshop equipped with cutting-edge vehicle lifting gear and diagnostic tools, ensuring optimal maintenance standards. The emphasis on staff welfare extends to energy-efficient office spaces, reflecting Transdev’s holistic approach to sustainability.

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Local operations managed by Transdev’s subsidiary, York & Country, along with vehicles for the popular Coastliner route connecting York with Leeds and the Yorkshire Coast, will now be centralised at the Rawcliffe site. Additionally, the location hosts City Sightseeing York, offering comprehensive tours of York’s historical landmarks.

Transdev Blazefield CEO Henri Rohard said: “This represents a significant investment by Transdev in our future in York and North Yorkshire. It gives our people the best purpose-designed facilities to work with, and will help us to attract and retain the best people at this impressive new base which is ideally placed for future expansion.”

Andrew McGuinness, Confederation of Passenger Transport’s (CPT) North of England Regional Manager, said: “This is a clean, modern and above all sustainable development which is future ready as our industry moves to electric buses as the greener way to make public transport accessible for everyone. It’s clear that a great deal of planning and a massive team effort has gone into bringing this new facility to life.”

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