Government-approved plans are now in motion for 82 gas-run buses to arrive in Nottingham by the end of 2018. The £25m project fully supported by the government is to begin early in the New Year.
A brand new style of buses will be arriving in Nottingham next year in a bid to be a much greener city. Bio-gas double decker buses – ‘the very first gas double deckers in the UK’ will be running in the city in 2016, with the first fleet complete in October.
Nottingham City Council have been closely working with Nottingham City Transport, agreeing on a £19m investment to get the project up and running. NCT have also applied for a £6.5m grant to add to the funding from the OLEV Low Emission Bus Scheme.
Image: Nottingham City Transport logo inside bus
With hopes to become the UK’s greenest city, Gary Mason, engineering director at Nottingham City Transport explains how the buses will run in a green and positively-impacting way.
Audio: Gary Mason talks about how the buses work and the environmental benefits.
Influences behind the government’s decision have come from DEFRA – The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. They have recommended that Nottingham need to look into ways of reducing carbon emissions and improving the air quality in and around the city.
The double decker buses which will come in three fleets over 2-3 years will help towards this alongside the city’s tram systems and the government’s next project: electric taxis and charging stations for electric cars.
“AS A COMPANY WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE GREENEST METHOD OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT WE CAN”
GARY MASON, NCT ENGINEERING DIRECTOR
Video: Richard Wellings explains why commuters will benefit from the new gas buses.
Richard Wellings, Senior Public Transport Officer at Nottingham City Council states that these double deckers will be far quieter and smoother for passengers using them and those who see and hear the buses on the main roads.
The new vehicles will have gas filling stations at the Nottingham City Transport depot which acts just the same as a petrol station. The bio-gas which will fuel these buses ensures an incredibly low carbon footprint.
“PASSENGERS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE FACT THAT THEIR TRAVEL IS DOING A LOT LESS DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT”
RICHARD WELLINGS, SENIOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT OFFICER
Of course, the focus is to work towards Nottingham being the greenest and most environmentally-friendly city in the UK.
In five years time, Nottingham City Transport aim for every bus at their depot to be gas-powered which will create one of the lowest-emission bus fleets in the UK.
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