The first of Anglian Bus’ new gas buses went into service on the new 146 route between Lowestoft and Norwich on December 3.
Six of the 13 new MAN EcoCity buses went into operation on the route, where customers will be the first to view the exclusive new liveries and smooth and quiet ride on the ultra low carbon vehicles.
Anglian Bus has invested £2.6m into the 13 brand new gas buses. They are set for use across Norwich, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth will operate on biogas, a renewable energy source produced from biodegradable waste materials through an anaerobic digestion process – a widely used source of renewable energy in mainland Europe, but relatively new in the UK. In comparison to a Euro 3 bus, the new arrivals will produce up to 96% less emissions.
Earlier this year Anglian Bus succeeded in a bid for the government’s GBF, granting £624,000 towards the 13 new gas powered buses. The buses were trialled on three routes, all of which received positive feedback.
Andrew Pursey said: “We are excited about the gas buses going into service, especially on such a high profile new route. The project has already stimulated a lot of interest from other operators and organisations across the country, who will be watching with interest.”