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Warrington’s buses to become solar showcase

Warrington’s buses to become solar showcase

Is this the most exciting green bus project in the UK? A new depot and a new fleet of 120 electric vehicles powered by a renewable source of energy   Warrington’s Own Buses will move into a purpose built all-electric bus depot by the end of the year, with a new fleet of 120 vehicles...
Innovative model for UK’s biggest e-bus deal

Innovative model for UK’s biggest e-bus deal

Zenobe’s ‘Electric Transportation as a Service’ offering will supply, support and maintain a fleet of 130 electric double deckers for National Express   Coventry will be the UK’s first zero emission bus city   The UK’s largest ever deal for electric buses incorporates a new funding model that promises to make bus travel “easier, cheaper,...
Quarter of Cardiff Bus fleet set to go electric

Quarter of Cardiff Bus fleet set to go electric

Eleventh-hour orders with ULEBS funding have secured new electric buses for municipal fleets in Cardiff and Newport. Rhodri Clark reports   The 36 Yutong vehicles will account for 24% of the municipal operator’s fleet   Cardiff Bus has placed what it believes is the largest single order for electric buses outside London, enabling it to...
Scotland’s target to cut car use is a ‘world first’

Scotland’s target to cut car use is a ‘world first’

Transport secretary sets out plans to achieve modal shift   Scotland’s transport secretary, Michael Matheson   The Scottish Government’s commitment to cut car use by a fifth over the next decade was identified as being among a set of “bold policy proposals” to decarbonise transport by Scotland’s transport secretary, Michael Matheson. The target was announced...
Transdev's second phase of electric bus trials

Transdev’s second phase of electric bus trials

Operator launches comparison trials using Yutong E10 battery-powered bus   Harrogate Bus Company General Manager Frank Stanisauskis (left) and driver Ricki Tomlinson with the Yutong E10 electric bus   A new trial featuring the latest zero-emission electric transport technology is now underway in North Yorkshire as Transdev Blazefield prepares for future investment beyond the pandemic....
First fleet all set for Bath’s Clean Air Zone

First fleet all set for Bath’s Clean Air Zone

Bus operator all set for March 15 introduction of CAZ   First has used a combination of new buses and retrofit technology to existing vehicles to comply with the Bath scheme   Bath’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) comes into operation on March 15 and local bus operator First West of England is working towards ensuring...
World’s first hydrogen deckers enter service

World’s first hydrogen deckers enter service

‘This marks a significant milestone in our industry’ says boss of First Bus Scotland   The new 60-seat double deckers are set to transform the air of ‘the granite city’   The world’s first fleet of double decker hydrogen buses will be officially launched into service tomorrow in Aberdeen. Operated by First Bus in a...
First completes air quality retrofits

First completes air quality retrofits

Retrofit programme has made 1,000 buses cleaner   Driver Grahame Stott left, with engineering manager Kevin Farricker at the Oldham depot, where 33 buses have undergone the retrofit procedure   First Bus has announced that it has reached a significant milestone in its air quality retrofit programme, completing the refit of 1,000 buses across its...
Scotland launches £9m green bus scheme

Scotland launches £9m green bus scheme

Move aims to help drive a post-pandemic green recovery     The Scottish Government has opened a new Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme. This year, the scheme will provide £9m to help bus operators invest in ultra-low emission vehicles to help drive a green recovery out of the COVID-19 crisis while improving air quality. This...
Electric bus returns for further Tyneside trial

Electric bus returns for further Tyneside trial

Trial will help shape future thoughts on electric buses     An Optare Metrocity EV electric bus has returned to bus operator Go North East for a further trial. The bus will be running on the Quaylink Q3 service alongside Newcastle’s Quayside and through the busy city centre. The trial will help shape future thoughts...
Leeds suspends work on Clean Air Zone

Leeds suspends work on Clean Air Zone

Air quality improvements may mean government funding will no longer be forthcoming     Leeds City Council has announced it has decided to suspend plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The city had planned to introduce the scheme in January, but this was postponed as a...
Optare to launch fuel cell decker

Optare to launch fuel cell decker

Manufacturer teams up with Arcola Energy to launch Metrodecker H2   The Metrodecker H2 complements Optare’s existing range of low and zero emission buses   Yorkshire-based bus manufacturer Optare has announced it has partnered with Arcola Every to launch a hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of its Metrodecker double deck bus. The Metrodecker H2 hydrogen bus...