Nottingham is in the process of introducing the world’s largest fleet of double-deck dedicated gas-powered Scania buses into service. In terms of their green credentials, these vehicles, operated by Nottingham City Transport, are set to deliver enormous benefits to the citizens of Nottingham and far beyond.
“By investing in this fleet of gas-fueled double-deckers, we are looking to deliver substantial environmental benefits over the coming years,” said Mark Fowles, Managing Director, Nottingham City Transport. “We are expecting significant annual savings in three key areas: carbon dioxide emissions, NOx emissions and particulate matter reduction. Independent tests have confirmed an 84% ‘well to wheel’ saving when comparing biogas operation to Euro 5 diesel, so we are confident our anticipated returns will be turned into reality.”
By 2020, Nottingham City Transport intends to have 120-plus biogas buses in service out of its heavy fleet of 300 buses. “That is a step-change in terms of environmental performance,” added Fowles. “As our ultimate aim is to deliver the same quality of service throughout our area, you can expect to see more of the same in the future as we continue the transition to a more sustainable transport system for Nottingham.”
Nottingham City Transport is local authority-owned bus company which fulfils a total of 50 million passenger journeys a year on its extensive network of routes around the city and surrounding boroughs, and has long enjoyed a reputation for innovation, including pioneering the use of alternative fuels in urban bus operations, the latest incarnation of which is dedicated natural gas power. A total of 53 Scania double-deck buses will be introduced into service during 2017/18.
Source: Nottingham City Transport