Zero-carbon transport system trialled in the Peak District
Stakeholders in the Peak District and Chesterfield have joined forces to trial a pioneering zero-carbon transport system in Britain’s original National Park.
A collaborative effort led by leisure destination Gateway at PEAK, the trial will see EV and hydrogen vehicles used in tandem to provide a brand new, sustainable bus service.
The trial route connects eight key locations and attractions including Chesterfield Station, Chatsworth and the Gateway development, which will act as a hub for the new PEAK Express when it opens in 2025.
Once fully operational, PEAK Express could help to reduce CO2 emissions by 3.6 m kg each year.
Andrew McCloy, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We are delighted to be a stakeholder for this ground-breaking trial. Protecting the National Park for future generations and developing more sustainable ways for people to visit is high on our agenda.
“The PEAK Gateway site outside the National Park is an excellent location for a transport hub. The PEAK Express service is a commitment to net-zero and will connect more of the National Park’s attractions without the need for a car, making them more accessible and spreading out the economic benefits of tourism.”
Hydrogen fuel and refuelling stations for the trial are being supplied by Air Products, the world’s largest hydrogen producer.
Toyota is providing the vehicles.
Jon Hunt, alternative fuels manager at Toyota (GB), said: “There is not one simple solution for zero-carbon mobility. That’s why this trial provides us with an exciting opportunity to trial both EV and hydrogen vehicles, assessing which is more suitable to different types of journeys across the park. We will also be looking at optimal ways to provide refuelling and great levels of customer service on board the vehicles.”
John Milligan, CEO of Gateway developer Milligan, added: “Milligan has been developing iconic destinations for over 20 years. Our skills lie in curating the right mix of uses which will serve the community and visitors in a sustainable way bringing long term value. This trial is part of the development’s journey to zero and marks an important milestone for Gateway and the National Park.”
The trial began on 5 September and ends on the 16th.