Featherstone highways firm on the road to going green

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A Featherstone firm is taking the green route after investing in a fleet of hybrid vehicles.

Route One has upgraded several of its previous vehicles to Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) as part of a move to reduce its carbon footprint and save money.

The move was the first phase of planned replacements, which also includes upgrading six transit vans to the latest, most economical models. The business - which operates in the construction and highways sectors - plans to replace all remaining company cars and vans by the end of August.

Rob Thomas, operations manager, said: “Not only are the PHEV’s reducing Route One’s carbon footprint, they also offer substantial savings both to the company and the driver in the form of reduced company car tax. The staff have been fully involved with the choice of colours and specification of the vehicles. Having driven them for three months they are proving to be a popular choice.”

Mr Thomas has also been appointed as the firm’s lean champion, as part of its commitment to sustainability. The role involves making sure the firm is performing to the highest environmental standards possible. He has already introduced a range of energy saving measures such as a fleet management system and tracker system.