Nottingham City Transport’s first bio-gas bus named, my dear old thing!’

Nottingham City Transport’s first Gas Bus has been named after cricket commentating legend, Henry Blofeld OBE, on the first day of England’s test match against South Africa.

Kept a secret from Henry, the presentation took place at Trent Bridge to coincide with his last Test Match Special commentary from the Ground ahead of his retirement later this year after 45 years. His unique style, with regular use of the phrase “my dear old thing” has become part of Test Match Special during Tests, alongside his regular mentions of the colourful buses passing Trent Bridge.

NCT Marketing Manager Anthony Carver-Smith said, “Over the years, Henry has mentioned Nottingham City Transport’s buses going past the ground hundreds of times and we thought it would be a fitting gesture and tribute to thank him for that by naming one of our brand new gas buses after him”. He continued, “Whilst Henry may be retiring, his name will continue to be associated with Nottingham as we have our very own Henry Blofeld passing Trent Bridge Cricket Ground every day.”

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“Henry Blofeld” is the 23rd Nottingham City Transport bus to be named and he joins an exclusive club which includes local heroes, Olympians, Paralympians  and an award winning musician.

Operating on Green Line 6, the bus will pass Trent Bridge Cricket Ground daily on its route between City, West Bridgford and Edwalton. The route was recently upgraded with brand new bio-gas double deck vehicles, which are the greenest buses on the road. The new Bio-Gas buses significantly reduce emissions, including 84% less CO2, and support Nottingham’s aim to become the greenest city in the country.


  1. What comes around goes around. Many nottinghamshire & derbyshire pensioners will remember Barton buses during WW2 with large bags on their roofs, these were filled with gas to keep the services running during fuel shortages.

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