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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...
Public transport will be 'natural first choice'

Public transport will be ‘natural first choice’

Amid all the gloom about coronavirus, modal shift to public transport is centre stage in the government’s vision to decarbonise transport   Shapps: We will use our cars less   Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said that public transport and active travel “will be the natural first choice for our daily activities” as the UK...
Nat Ex - we won’t buy any more diesel buses

Nat Ex – we won’t buy any more diesel buses

Group will ‘lead the transition to zero emission coaches’   Environmental targets are to be included in all senior executive share schemes   National Express Group has set out a zero emission vision, which includes a pledge not to buy another diesel bus in the UK. The group’s ambition is to have a fully zero...
Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains could operate from 2021   Eversholt’s ‘Breeze’ hydrogen multiple units   Train manufacturer Alstom and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt have announced that they expect the UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains to be operating in 2021. It follows the completion of an engineering study and design concept for the conversion of Eversholt’s...
£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

Stagecoach planning £21.5m bid for support from the government’s £48m Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme for fleet of full electric double-deckers   Alexander Dennis has already won orders for bettery-powered Enviro400 EV City vehicles from Metroline   Stagecoach is seeking government funding for a ambitious £56m plan to deliver Europe’s largest single investment in electric buses...