Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Anglian's New Gas Buses Begin to Arrive

Some of Anglian's thirteen new gas powered MAN EcoCity buses began arriving at their Ellough site yesterday, with more expected today

Photo Copyright Go-Ahead Group
The first of the Go-Ahead subsidiary's vehicles was used during a visit by HRH Prince Charles to Poundbury in Dorset where the Prince opened a new renewable gas plant.

The new plant is the UK's first fully operational commercial scale anaerobic digester and biomethane-to-grid plant, and provides renewable energy for Poundbury, the mixed use community being developed near Dorchester by the Duchy of Cornwall.

The EcoCity buses will be brought into service over the next two months by Anglian Bus with Go-Ahead investing in a gas dispensing unit at Anglian's Beccles headquarters to fuel the buses.

The buses are part funded under round three of the government’s Green Bus Fund which is aimed at reducing fuel emission levels by encouraging bus operators and local councils to use more eco-friendly vehicles.

Anglian's Managing Director Andrew Pursey was at the event and chatted to the Prince of Wales about Go-Ahead's use of gas buses.

Amongst the services the new vehicles will be employed on is Anglian's new 146 route which replaces its current 525 service between Lowestoft and Beccles which is being extended to Norwich. 

The 146 service begins on the 3rd December and the timetable has already been published on Anglian's website which can be viewed here

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