A new fleet of environmentally-friendly buses will start serving passengers in Arnold from next week.
The nine bio-gas double deck buses – from an order of 67 this year – will be introduced on Lime 58 to Arnold via Sherwood next week, Nottingham City Transport revealed today.
The fleet of low emission bio-gas buses will have CO2 emissions 84% lower than the diesel buses they are replacing, as well as lower NOX and PM (particulate matter) emissions too.
Fuel for these buses is produced from food and farm waste through anaerobic digestion, making them the greenest buses currently on the road.
Daybrook and parts of the A60 Mansfield Road through Gedling borough have been identified as areas where action to improve air quality is needed.
The introduction of these brand-new low-emission bio-gas buses to Lime 58, which join the 8 existing bio-gas buses already running through Daybrook on Lilac 25 will make the air cleaner.
Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT’s Marketing Manager said, “NCT is investing £42m over three years to reduce the emissions from our already clean fleet, even further. Alongside the largest fleet of bio-gas double deck buses in the world, NCT are also fitting an exhaust treatment system to our remaining diesel fleet, which sees the overall fleet emissions from NCT reduce by 90% by 2020.”
In the last year, this investment, supported by government grants – won by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council – has avoided 8000 tonnes of CO2 and 70tonnes of being emitted from the NCT fleet.
Lime 58 is the core service between Arnold, Sherwood and the City Centre, operating up to every 7 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes. Sunday daytime buses run every 20 minutes,with evening buses running until midnight most of the week and through until 3.15am at the weekends.
The new bio-gas buses come with free Wi-Fi as standard across the NCT fleet, but also with USB charging points for customers to keep their devices topped up.
Gedling Borough Council Leader, Cllr John Clarke said: “It’s great to see these new buses hitting the roads in Gedling Borough.
“Part of our Air Quality Action plan is to encourage greener public transport fleets and Nottingham City Transport are leading the way with their bio-gas buses, not only providing more modern transport services for the public, but also a service that’s better for the environment.”
Elsewhere in the Arnold area, the Purple 87 midi-buses have already had their exhaust treatment system fitted to reduce emissions and work on the double deck fleet on Lime 56, 57, 59 and Turquoise 79, 79A is well underway.
The buses on Grey 53, 54 between Arnold, QMC and Clifton will be replaced by newer buses from later this year, as 10 new midi-buses join the fleet in the autumn.
Visit www.nctx.co.uk for more details about services and gas buses.