Jersey Metrodecker trial ends early

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The trial of the Optare Metrodecker by Libertybus in Jersey has come to an end early, ITV has reported.

The bus was on loan for six weeks, but after a series of problems, Libertybus Director Kevin Hart said that the bus was not right for the island, and a different bus is needed.

“It’s two year old technology, and electric bus technology is improving all the time. So this is not the end of electric buses in the island. We’re actually in talks with the supplier and I’m hopeful we can do another trial with a different bus in the New Year.

“We all want to be greener, and we’re keen to use low carbon technology, so we’re hopeful that the newer buses will be suitable here. But we’ll know more next year,” he said. It had been hoped that the bus would help in Jersey’s aims to be carbon neutral by 2030, and it is estimated that replacing the current fleet of diesel buses with electrics would cut the island’s carbon footprint by 3,000 tonnes per year.