NCT launches bio-gas buses

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The first five of NCT’s 53 bio-gas double-deckers were launched in Old Market Square in Nottingham on Friday (May 19). CALLUM MCLENNAN

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) unveiled the first five of its bio-gas double-deckers at a launch in the city centre last Friday (May 19).

Working in partnership with Nottingham City Council, Scania, ADL and Roadgas, with part funding from OLEV (Office of Low Emission Vehicles), NCT is introducing a fleet of 53 bio-gas double-deck buses to the roads of Nottingham from June 2017.

The vehicles were officially launched by Nottingham’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Edwards at the start of the event.

NCT says the £17m bus fleet (£4.4m of which was provided by OLEV) will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 84% compared to an equivalent new diesel vehicle.

The new buses have an improved specification as well, with free WiFi, USB charging points, a glass staircase for a brighter interior and next-stop audio announcements.

Gary Mason, NCT Engineering Director, said: “We are hugely proud of our new bio-gas buses. This is the largest order for gas double-decks in the world and is the culmination of our extensive research into alternative fuels.

“When biomethane is used, emissions are 84% lower than their diesel counterparts, thereby making them – from ‘well to wheel’ – the greenest buses on the road.”