Gas buses hit the road from Coalpit Heath to Bristol and Yate
NEW gas-powered buses are being introduced on the Y1 service linking Coalpit Heath to Bristol and Yate.
Operator First West of England has re-launched the South Glos Lynx fast services with 13 brand new double-deckers powered by bio-methane.
They are part of a total of 77 biogas buses being rolled out across the region, with others already serving on routes including the metrobus m3 via Hambrook.
First says greenhouse gas emissions from the new buses are more than 80% lower than the diesel vehicles they replace while poisonous nitrogen oxide emissions are 95% lower.
The move is part of First's efforts to meet Clean Air Zone requirements proposed by Bristol City Council which require operators to pay £100 per bus per day to enter the inner city from next year.
First West of England managing director James Freeman said: “Obviously this is a very challenging time for everyone but the new South Glos Lynx services, like all our routes, will continue to run, albeit on a Saturday schedule, so those that still need essential travel can still get to where they need to be.
“The introduction of these bio gas buses means we are really putting the West of England at the forefront of clean bus operation.
“I am also delighted that we have been able to create a spectacular new yellow and blue colour scheme for our South Gloucestershire fleet and bring the very latest equipment to our many thousands of our customers who use our services.”
South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage said: “Whilst we are obviously in a very difficult situation at the moment, acting on climate change will remain a top priority for the council and wider West of England region in the long term and this new Lynx fleet supports our ambition to encourage more people to consider a more sustainable way of moving around.”
The bio-methane gas comes from waste food and is supplied from anaerobic digesters, where waste is broken down to release the gas, across the UK.
West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “These brand new, low emission buses make customers’ journeys cleaner and greener by dramatically improving air quality and cutting carbon emissions, compared to diesel buses.”
South Gloucestershire Council has also presented new minibuses to community transport services Four Towns Community Transport and Green Community Travel.