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New Biogas Bus Being Trialled In Manchester
Arriva North West is taking steps to reduce its carbon emissions by trialling a biogas double decker bus in Manchester that’s run on food and water waste, a transport alternative that has been in development for the last two years.
The number 263 – which is being trialled along the Manchester to Altrincham route – has succeeded in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide by up to 84 per cent, the Manchester Evening News reports.
It will be fuelled using a mobile refuelling station provided by Roadgas, infrastructure partner of Scania, the commercial vehicle manufacturer that produced the biogas bus.
General manager of Arriva North West Alastair Nuttall was quoted by the news source as saying: “Arriva is committed to reducing its environmental impacts. Trialling new low-emission technologies to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions helps us move towards our environmental goals … We will be encouraging feedback and are very much looking forward to our passengers’ comments in this exciting new double decker.”
This isn’t the first bus of its kind to have hit the roads, however. Back in 2014, a bus powered by human and food waste took to the city streets between Bath and Bristol, able to travel up to 186 miles on a single tank of gas – which takes the yearly waste of about five people to produce, according to the Guardian.
It was run by Bath Bus Company, taking up to 40 people between Bath and Bristol Airport, with engineers believing it could be a sustainable way of producing public transport and improving air quality in cities at the same time.
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