Five of the buses – one from each route the first 30 buses will be operating on – are parked in Old Market Square on today Friday May 19th from 10am until 6pm.
This occasion marks an exciting time for Nottingham’s award-winning bus operator, as it sees a £17m investment in the greenest buses on the road finally begin their journeys in and around the city this summer.
The innovative move to bio-gas vehicles began last July when NCT, working in partnership with Nottingham City Council, successfully bid to receive £4.4m in funding from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Since that time, and adding its own investment of a further £12.4m, the bus operator has worked closely with manufacturers Scania and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), together with local companies Roadgas and ZF Transmissions, to create bio-gas infrastructure at Parliament Street Garage and state-of-the-art buses that will pave the way for Nottingham’s public transport of the future.
“We are hugely proud of our new bio-gas buses,” says NCT Engineering Director, Gary Mason. “This is the largest order for gas double decks in the world and is the culmination of our extensive research into alternative fuels.”
These super environmentally friendly bio-gas buses will reduce Co2 emissions by up to 84%* compared to an equivalent brand new diesel double deck bus.
As well as being good for the environment, these brand new buses have a super spec too!
- Free Wi-Fi
- USB charging points for keeping phone batteries topped up
- Glass staircase for a brighter interior
- High quality seats for a more comfortable journey
- Quieter engines for a smoother ride
- Audio announcements to help people find their stop
NCT’s first 30 bio-gas buses will begin operating on routes 6, 10, 24, 25 and 44 from the summer, with a further 23 being added to the fleet early next year on routes 36 and 45.