Biogas bus on its way
NINE biogas buses will be hitting the streets of Runcorn and Widnes following a travel company’s £2m investment.
Arriva said the 43-seater carbon-neutral models, to be based in Runcorn, are powered by renewable gas from waste products such as household food or animal waste and comply with the latest ‘Euro 6’ emission standards aimed at reducing harmful exhaust emissions.
A spokeswoman for the company said the single deck buses are part of Arriva’s wider clean air strategy, which will see a total of 72 hybrid, gas and electric buses introduced in Merseyside in 2017 after a wider £21m investment in the Liverpool City Region (LCR), which includes £5m of Government funding as part of a joint bid from the six LCR councils.
The new biogas buses will run on service 82A travelling from Runcorn and Widnes to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the city centre.
Phil Stone, Arriva North West and Wales regional managing director, said: “We are very proud to be adding 72 eco-friendly models to our fleet this year, and hope that their introduction will help to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint as part of Arriva’s wider clean air mission.
“Every aspect of these new buses has been designed to be more environmentally friendly, from the interior e-leather seats to the reduced carbon emissions.
“We are hopeful that these updates combined with the free on-board Wi-Fi and USB power points will make travelling by bus easier making them the preferred choice for everyday journeys.”