Greener buses on the way
BUSES travelling through east Bristol to South Glos are set to get a lot greener this month.
Operator First West of England is introducing a fleet of 27 biomethane-fuelled buses to run on the 42, 42A, 43, 44 and 45 services.
The bus company is set to base a fleet of 77 gas-powered buses at its Lawrence Hill depot.
The first 10 are already in service on the m3 metrobus service from Emersons Green to the city centre via the ring road.
Over the coming months 67 more will be introduced across east Bristol.
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 the city council which require operators to pay £100 per bus per day to enter the inner city from next year.
Lawrence Hill will host the city's biggest permanent biogas filling station.
First West of England managing director James Freeman said the new buses would be "part of the solution in helping to clean up the city’s air".
The new vehicles have free wi-fi and are fitted with at-seat USB charging facilities.