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Arriva Yorkshire partners with Scania to trial double decker biogas bus

12 February 18

 

We have joined forces with Scania to bring a biogas powered double decker to the streets of Castleford and Leeds!

 

The state-of-the-art bus went into service on the 163/166 route on Monday 12th February as part of a month’s trial.

 

This Low Emissions Bus was developed over a two year period by Scania, the Sweden-based commercial vehicle manufacturer, and Scotland-based bodybuilder Alexander Dennis Limited, specifically for the UK bus market. Fuelled by gas produced by anaerobic digestion of food waste and sewage, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 84 per cent compared to an equivalent brand new Euro 5 diesel double-decker bus - although the bus is run on gas, passengers won’t smell any gas from the exhaust or the tanks.

 

With the government having announced their aims of an 80 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and Leeds city council set to introduce their own ‘Clean Air Zone’ by 2020, we are looking to the future and trialling potential solutions in preparation.

 

Jon Croxford, area managing director for Arriva Yorkshire, said; “We are delighted to have partnered with Scania to showcase what is set to be the future of bus travel. Here at Arriva Yorkshire we are committed to reducing our environmental impact. Trialling new low-emission technologies helps us in moving towards reaching our ambitious group wide target of reducing our CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 as part of our Destination Green programme.”

 

Not only are the buses eco-friendly they are also equipped with:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • USB charging points
  • Glass staircase for a brighter interior
  • High quality seats for a more comfortable journey
  • Quieter engines for a smoother ride
  • Next stop audio announcements

 

Scania has a long history of producing gas-powered vehicles for European markets but developing a product to supply to bus operators in the UK has been a greater challenge, as Mark Oliver, Scania's UK Bus & Coach Fleet Sales General Manager, explains: "Unlike mainland Europe, British bus networks use a high proportion of double deck buses. Across Europe single deck buses with gas tanks on the roof are a common sight, but for the UK we have had to accommodate the tanks within the double deck bodywork itself.”