Gas-powered buses roll on to the streets

March 01 2020
Gas-powered buses roll on to the streets

THE new fleet of gas-powered buses aimed at cutting air pollution in East Bristol have started work on the streets of St George.

As reported in last month’s Voice, operator First is introducing 27 biomethane gas buses under the new Citylines East Bristol brand for all services currently running along Church Road on the 42, 42A, 43, 44 and 45routes.

By the end of next month a total of 99 gas buses will be in service with First in the Bristol area, with a new gas filling station built at the Lawrence Hill depot.

The company says the new buses will reduce emissions by 85% and are also smooth and quiet, with USB charging points and a second wheelchair space on each one.

The scheme is costing £28 million over three years, including a government grant of £4.79munder the Low Emission Bus Scheme obtained through South Gloucestershire and Bristol City Councils.

First West of England managing director James Freeman said the filling station has capacity to be used by other commercial operators in the future.

The biomethane gas that fuels the buses is provided by the Gas Bus Alliance and comes from waste food, processed in anaerobic digesters across the UK.

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said: “We welcome this significant investment in new, cleaner buses and infrastructure as part of our drive to reduce air pollution and achieve carbon neutrality.”