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Nottingham City Transport unveils world's largest biogas double-decker fleet

At a public unveiling by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham Councillor Mike Edwards, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) begins operating the world's largest double-decker bus fleet powered by compressed biogas (CBG).

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has unveiled the first new biogas powered double-decker buses that will begin service in the city (photo courtesy NCT).

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has unveiled the first new biogas powered double-decker buses that will begin service in the city (photo courtesy NCT).

The occasion marks an exciting time for the award-winning UK bus operator, as it sees a GBP 16.8 million (≈ EUR 19.56 million) investment in the greenest buses on UK roads finally begin their journeys in and around Nottingham city this summer.

The innovative move to biogas powered vehicles began last July when Nottingham City Transport (NCT), working in partnership with Nottingham City Council, successfully bid to receive GBP 4.4 million (≈ EUR 5.12 million) in funding from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

– We are hugely proud of our new biogas buses. This is the largest order for gas double decks in the world and is the culmination of our extensive research into alternative fuels, says NCT Engineering Director, Gary Mason.

Since that time, and adding its own investment of a further GBP 12.4 million (≈ EUR 14.44 million), the bus operator has worked closely with manufacturers Scania and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), together with local companies Roadgas and ZF Transmissions, to create biogas infrastructure at Parliament Street Garage and 53 state-of-the-art buses that will pave the way for Nottingham’s public transport of the future.

– Nottingham City Transport has a long-standing reputation for innovation and is once again leading the way with these vehicles, which represent the world’s largest ever order for biogas-fuelled double-deck buses. We now look forward to working with the Nottingham team to ensure the city realises the maximum environmental and operational benefits offered by these vehicles, said Tony Tomsett, Bus, Coach and Engine Sales Director for Scania (Great Britain) Ltd.

The engines and chassis of the sleek new Enviro400CBG City vehicles have been developed by Swedish giant Scania and are bodied in the UK by the country’s largest bus manufacturer, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).

– We’re delighted to partner with NCT and Scania on this significant order which responds to the city’s requirements to improve street-level air quality while delivering a first class onboard experience for passengers.  We’ve seen the increase in bus ridership our Enviro400 City styling and enhanced interior specifications bring – USB power sockets, comfortable seats and a bright, airy environment from the increased glazing all add to the premium feel which we know passengers appreciate, said Richard Matthews, Sales Director at ADL.

NCT’s first 30 biogas buses will begin operating from the summer, with a further 23 being added to the fleet early next year.

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