New fleet of buses is running on gas
17:30 03 December 2012
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A new fleet of ‘green’ gas-powered buses hit the streets of Norfolk and Suffolk today.
Bus users between Lowestoft and Norwich were given an early festive treat as they became some of the first passengers in the UK to travel on a bus capable of running on biogas – a renewable energy source produced from biodegradable waste materials.
The £624,000 fleet of 13 new gas-powered single deck buses are operated by Anglian Bus, part of the Go-Ahead Group, who launched their new route to a round of applause at Lowestoft bus station this morning (Monday).
The energy-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles were unveiled to carry passengers on the new 146 route between Lowestoft and Norwich.
The new route, which replaces the 525 Lowestoft-Beccles service, operates via Carlton Colville, Worlingham, Beccles, Loddon and Thurton.
Andrew Pursey, managing director of Anglian Bus, said: “We are proud to say that we are the first company in the UK to implement carbon neutral gas buses onto our services as part of our strategy to drive energy further. By being on this bus you are helping us to reduce Norfolk and Suffolk’s carbon footprint.”
With six buses now in service, another seven will be running in the new year – and they are likely to be in service in Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Ipswich.
The new buses are fuelled by renewable energy sources, such as household waste, through an anaerobic digestion process, and will generate up to 96pc fewer emissions than a standard conventional bus.
Earlier this year the Department for Transport announced successful bids as part of round three of the government’s Green Bus Fund. With the aim to reduce fuel emission levels by encouraging bus operators and local councils to use more eco-friendly vehicles, £3m was announced for the East of England, including £624,000 for the 13 new gas powered buses for use by Anglian Bus.
Mr Pursey said: “We are very excited about the new gas buses going into service, and especially on such a high profile new route. This project has already stimulated a lot of interest from other bus operators and organisations across the country, who will be watching with interest. Not only do these buses represent the greenest solution to public transport by road in the country, but we are convinced that over time they will also become one of the most cost effective.”
Powered by Gas, Fuelled by Nature – was just one of the messages showcased on the new buses, which include a new livery featuring three designs across the six buses.