Nottingham City Transport has introduced the first of its intake of 67 new bio-gas double-deck buses on Brown Line 17 between Bulwell, City Hospital, Hucknall Road and the city centre and further gas buses will follow on Lilac 27, Purple 89 and Pink 28 routes by the early summer.
Five further routes will get gas buses later in the year which will bringing the total to 120 operating by Christmas, according to NCT.
The £20million investment in 67 bio-gas buses is supported by £1.12million from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles, which is being used to expand the biomethane refuelling station at NCT’s main depot.
Alongside the introduction of the new gas buses, NCT says retrofitting Baumot exhaust treatment system to 180 diesel buses to bring them up to Euro VI emission levels, backed by funding applied for by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, will mean its entire fleet will be a minimum Euro VI next year.
“The arrival of a further 67 bio-gas 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,” says Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT marketing manager.
The new bio-gas double-deck buses will replace just under 60 older diesel buses. By the end of the year, the oldest bus in the NCT fleet will be 9-10 years old, with an average fleet age less than 5 years old.