First of 67 new biogas double-deckers take to Nottingham streets
UK Bus Awards Environment Award winner, Nottingham City Transport (NCT), has introduced the first of its sixty-seven brand new biogas powered double-decker buses due in 2019. The first buses entered service April 15, 2019, and will be followed by additional buses by the early summer. Later in the year, five further routes will receive these low emission, biogas double deck buses, increasing the total to 120 operating in the city by Christmas 2019.
As announced in February 2019, the GBP20 million (≈ EUR 23 million) investment in 67 new biogas buses is supported by GBP1.12 million (≈ EUR 1.29 million) of funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), which is being used to expand the biomethane refuelling station at NCT’s main bus depot.
Alongside the introduction of the new buses, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is continuing with a programme of retrofitting the Baumot exhaust treatment system to 180 diesel buses, which will reduce their emissions to the same Euro VI levels as the new gas buses, which has been made possible through funding applied for by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.
The arrival of a further 67 biogas 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, said Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager.
The arrival of the new biogas double-decker buses enables NCT to withdraw just under 60 of its oldest diesel buses, as well as freeing up some of the younger diesel buses that have been fitted with the exhaust treatment system for re-deployment on other routes.
It’s great to see the ever-expanding fleet of gas buses on Nottingham’s streets servicing more neighbourhoods. Not only will more city residents benefit from more pleasant journeys on new buses, but the cleaner engines are helping to improve Nottingham’s air quality, said Richard Wellings, Principal Public Transport Officer at Nottingham City Council.
By the end of the year, the oldest bus in the fleet will be 2010 registered, with NCT’s average age one of the youngest in the UK, at less than 5 years old.