Kosovo’s capital city has received a green upgrade in the form of new public transport.
The arrival of the first 15 of Pristina’s new public buses marks the start of a new, more sustainable era for the city’s transport system.
In June, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) loaned municipal transport firm Trafiku Urban up to €10 million (£8.66m) to buy 51 Euro 6 emission standard diesel buses.
These buses will reduce air and noise pollution and improve reliability and safety. As they are delivered they will be immediately put into use and older models will be phased out.
The project also includes the introduction of performance-based public service contracts and a sustainable urban mobility plan that aims to boost private sector participation.
The Czech Republic has provided funding of €600,000 (£520,000).
Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Kosovo Ivo Šilhavý said: “Thanks to the EBRD investment, new buses are entering into service right now. Fewer emissions and less noise, more reliability and comfort – this is the message that these buses are bringing.”
The Mayor of London has recently announced the introduction of 10 new Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZ).