National Express goes green for Glastonbury

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National Express is offering music-lovers in Bristol a greener way to travel to this year’s Glastonbury Festival. To mark Earth Day, the operator plans to operate a fleet of zero-emission double-deck electric buses for the first time. Running from 20 to 26 June, the services will transport festival-goers on a high frequency shuttle from Bristol bus station direct to the event at Worthy Farm. With a range of up to 173 miles, National Express says the buses will each offer a saving of 348kg of carbon emissions compared with using diesel buses. National Express is working with EV fleet specialists Zenobē to provide the service.


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National Express said it is trying to tailor its services to suit the expected demographic, and cites figures from a YouGov study conducted in December which found that four in 10 of adults aged under 45 who had changed their mode of transport in the last three months said they did so because they were increasingly conscious of their environmental impact.

Head of Environment and Sustainability at National Express UK Dharel Patel said: “We’re pleased to be able to run these zero-emission buses for the very first time to Glastonbury, a festival which has always had sustainability at its very core.

“It’s encouraging to see that more and more people are ditching their cars and switching to environmentally-friendly public transport, which is why we continuously invest in upgrading our vehicles to the cleanest, most efficient fleet to help people make important sustainable choices when planning their travel.”

As the official coach travel partner for Glastonbury, National Express will also be operating special services from over 60 locations across the country direct to the festival gates.