A new generation of buses that are powered solely by household waste will soon take to the streets of Greater Manchester as part of a new innovative green scheme backed by Arriva UK Bus. The company has invested over two million pounds in a new eco-friendly fleet of 21 buses that are all powered off the gases that are produced at landfills.
Their introduction to Greater Manchester follows the success of a trial that was conducted in the region during 2012. Next year will be the first year that the entire fleet hits the streets of the city.
Arriva stated that the new gas engine vehicles are part of their new £27m investment project that will see environmentally friendly buses replacing all former diesel models. This huge investment also accounts for the largest order in Europe for 152 diesel-electric hybrid buses.
Managing director of Arriva UK, Mike Cooper, stated that the buses have been designed for use within the British market in particular and since they are fuelled by bio-gas offer a very carbon-neutral way to reduce the carbon footprint left behind by large transportation systems in larger cities.
He went on to say that the larger 153 bus order and the 21 new gas buses is just one element of their new strategy to help lessen the impact on the environment. Cooper added that the company is also looking at other technological solutions that would help to raise staff awareness and improve overall driver efficiency.
This is not the first trial for Arriva as they already have their gas powered buses in full operate in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. All of the gas will be sourced from the Gas Bus Alliance which was originally set up to help vehicles makers, operators, and dealers that are concerned with low-emission vehicles.