UK Bus Awards Environment Award winner, Nottingham City Transport, has introduced the first of its sixty-seven brand new biogas double-deck buses due in 2019 today (15 April).
The first buses entered service on Brown Line 17 between Bulwell, City Hospital, Hucknall Road and the City Centre this morning and will be followed by Lilac 27, Purple 89 and Pink 28 by the early summer.
Later in the year, five further routes will receive these low emission, environmentally friendly biogas double deck buses, increasing the total to 120 operating in the city by Christmas.
This £20m investment in 67 new biogas buses is supported by £1.12m of funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles, which is being used to expand the bio-methane refuelling station at NCT’s main bus depot.
Alongside the introduction of these brand new buses, NCT is continuing with a programme of retrofitting the Baumot exhaust treatment system to 180 diesel buses, which will reduce their emissions to the same Euro VI levels as the new gas buses, which has been made possible through funding applied for by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager said, “The arrival of a further 67 biogas double decks and the retrofitting of our younger diesel buses with exhaust treatment technology will see our entire fleet meet the stringent and cleanest Euro VI emission standards within a year and demonstrates NCT’s commitment to improving air quality for everyone in the City”.
The arrival of the new bio-gas double deck buses enables NCT to withdraw just under 60 of its oldest diesel buses, as well as freeing up some of the younger diesel buses that have been fitted with the exhaust treatment system for redeployment on to four other routes: Navy 4, Orange 34, Navy 48 and Pathfinder 100.
Richard Wellings, Principal Public Transport Officer at Nottingham City Council said, “It’s great to see the ever expanding fleet of gas buses on Nottingham’s streets servicing more neighbourhoods. Not only will more city residents benefit from more pleasant journeys on new buses, but the cleaner engines are helping to improve Nottingham’s air quality.”
By the end of the year, the oldest bus in the fleet will be 2010 registered, with NCT’s average age one of the youngest in the UK, at less than 5 years old.