UK bus and coach operator Stagecoach has confirmed it is to make a multi-million-pound investment in biomethane gas buses for its operations in England’s northeast city of Sunderland. Seventeen Scania/ADL Enviro 300 single-decker biomethane gas buses, which will be introduced to the city at a cost of £3 million (USD 4.53 million). The purchase is part funded from the latest round of allocations from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Green Bus Fund.
Robert Montgomery, Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: “We are pleased that our customers in Sunderland will benefit from new biomethane gas buses, which will have lower carbon emissions and help deliver a better living environment for local people.
“Sustainability is at the heart of our business and buses play a vital role in supporting the economy, keeping communities connected and meeting the country’s environmental challenges. We are committed to investing in cleaner, greener vehicles for our passengers and reducing our own carbon footprint as a business.”
Stagecoach Group, which operates around 13,000 buses and trains in the UK and North America, also converted 11 Optare Solos to dual-fuel operation (biomethane/diesel) in the city of Lincoln, in mid 2011.
Earlier this year, figures compiled as part of the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme showed that Stagecoach Group is among the top 10% of large companies in the UK for its performance in reducing the carbon emissions from its business.
(Source: Stagecoach Group)