Passengers that are travelling between Norwich and Lowestoft are the first in the country to travel across the country in a bus that runs on biogas. The new bus service is just one out of 13 buses that will run on the biogas materials which are considered a renewable energy source since they are produced by the bio-degradation of waste.
The buses are being operated by Anglian Bus which is a part of the Go-Ahead Group. The company purchased the single deck buses for the price tag of £624,000. In order to get the best use out of the buses the 146 bus route has been created for the eco-friendly buses to run. It will replace the 525 route that offered service from Lowestoft to Beccles. The new route will run the same path but include stops in Worlingham, Carlton Colville, Loddon, Beccles, and Thurton.
Managing director of Anglian Bus, Andew Pursey stated that they are proud to be the first company in the UK to actually utilize carbon neutral gas buses on their service lines. He added that the new implantation is simply part of their plans to help drive energy reduction even farther.
As of now six of the 13 buses are currently in service with the other seven due to hit the roads by the start of 2013. It is likely that they will be used on routes in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, and Ipswich. By using biogas as their form of fuel instead of typical diesel or regular petrol the buses reduce CO2 emissions by about 96%. A three million pound award was given to the East of England earlier in the year as part of the Green Bus Fund which helped to fund the purchase and technology behind the new buses.