Bio­gas bus on its way

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

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.”

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