Newport Transport is piloting an MAN gas bus from March 25 in an eight-week trial.
Scott Pearson, Managing Director of Newport Transport, said: “This is a milestone for public transport in Wales and a very exciting pilot for us to be involved in. As one of the main bus operators in Wales it is important to us that we use buses of innovation and this particular MAN bus certainly represents that.
“We know bus operators across Wales are finding it a challenge to run services and keep fares low because of the rising cost of fuel. Gas buses offer the potential to experiment with new alternatives to these traditional fuel sources which are more economical and also better for our customers in terms of their experience in the vehicle.”
Paul Gardner, Key Account Manager for MAN Bus and Coach UK, said: “MAN is excited to be working with Newport Transport. MAN currently has over 8000 gas buses operating in various countries around the world, so our technology is already well-proven over many years.
“Now, increasingly, leading UK operators are seeing the advantages to their passengers, the environment and their bottom line. We are convinced that Newport Transport driver and passenger feedback will be positive, and the company will soon join other high profile operators bringing the economic and environmental benefits of the gas bus to their regions.”