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Biogas Buses Take To The Streets Of Nottingham

The first of Nottingham City Transport’s (NCT’s) new biogas buses took to the streets of the city for the first time this week (15 April), with 67 new double decker buses now running on the biofuel.

NCT invested £20 million in the new bus fleet, and received support from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles, which provided further funding of £1.12 million, air quality news reported. This additional funding is being used to expand the biomethane refuelling station at the main NCT bus depot.

The news provider revealed that the biogas buses will replace nearly 60 of the city’s old diesel models, as well as freeing up some of the younger diesel buses to be deployed on four other routes.

Principal public transport officer at Nottingham City Council Richard Wellings commented: “It’s great to see the ever expanding fleet of gas buses on Nottingham’s streets servicing more neighbourhoods.”

He added that bringing these new buses into service will mean more people have more pleasant journeys on public transport, and pointed out that “the cleaner engines are helping to improve Nottingham’s air quality”.

The biogas being used by the new NCT buses is produced from food waste and sewage at an anaerobic digestion facility.

A blog for the Energy Saving Trust in January highlighted the commitment made by Nottingham to becoming a green city. The organisation noted that Nottingham has committed to becoming the UK’s first net zero carbon city, with a target of being carbon neutral by 2028.

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