In Lincoln, a trial fleet of buses has been introduced by Stagecoach that runs on household waste. First announced in March, they run on biomethane fuel which is made from recycled waste that is converted.
These are the first of their kind and will be servicing the area close to the Cathedral Quarter and other Lincoln routes. A special refueling facility was built for the hybrid fueled buses near Lincoln at the Great Northern Terrace.
Stagecoach Chief Executive Brain Souter said that waste is a problem everywhere in the country with every family and this is a great innovative way to help deal with the problem. Greener travel is offered to their customers and the carbon footprint is cut. Stagecoach hopes it will make a difference for the community’s local environment.
The East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) and Lincolnshire County Council set up the environmental project The Council gave £260,000 and the EMDA gave and additional £100,000. Lincolnshire County Council Executive Member, William Webb said there is a huge need to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels because over 40% of the CO2 emissions in the area are directly associated with transportation.
One of EMDA’s Executive Directors Diana Gilhespy said they are excited about what is taking place in Lincolnshire with the trial and she hopes the trials prove to be effective technology and that as a result more of the same buses will be used in the future. The first bio-buses were introduced by Stagecoach in 2007 and ran on 100% cooking oil.