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The UK's first bus powered on food and human waste is making its debut on the A4 Bath to Bristol Airport service.
The 40-seater Bio-Bus, which runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that's unfit for human consumption,helps to improve urban air quality as it produces fewer emissions than traditional Diesel engines. The bus can travel 300km on a full tank of gas generated at Bristol sewage treatment works-a plant run by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water.
The bus will carry its first fare paying passengers on the 08:00hrs departure from Bath to Bristol Airport on Monday 24th November 2014.
Bath Bus Company are extremely pleased to be participating in the trial and using the Bio-Bus with it's distinctive wrap, promoting renewable and sustainable fuel, on its rapidly growing A4 service.
Collin Field,engineering director at Bath Bus Company, said:
"Up to 10,000 passengers are expected to travel on the A4 service during the 4 week trial period, which is available not only for airport travel, but also local journeys along the route through Saltford, Keynsham, Brislington, Knowle and Hengrove.
As part of the RATP Dev UK group, this represents RATP Dev's involvement in the latest of a number of trials to gain experience of alternative fuels, with sister companies also experimenting with different alternatives.
The timing of this trial could not be more appropriate as.we approach 2015 when the City of Bristol itself becomes European Green Capital. With so much attention being directed towards improving air quality generally, the public reaction to the appearance of this bus on a service between a World Heritage City and an airport will further focus on the potential for this particular fuel".
Brand new tour buses for Bath have entered service following an official handing over ceremony at the Holburne Museum. Costing around a quarter of a million pounds each, these vehicles represent the latest standards in terms of emission levels and are among the quietest in Bath. Drivers must be extra vigilant therefore as their slow running through areas such as Milsom Street can result in pedestrians not hearing their approach. Pedestrians and cyclists wearing headphones attached to their mobile devices sometimes mean they are not fully paying attention to other traffic.
These buses are also the first of their kind in the UK. Built by Volvo with UNVI bodywork from Portugal, these buses are to a design widely used across the continent with internal stairs at both front and rear to speed passenger boarding and alighting. Never before however have such buses been used in the UK and the manufacturers were required to re-design the vehicle to right-hand drive for use in Bath.
They are to be used with both live-guides or recorded, multi-lingual commentaries- all of which are delivered to passengers by headphones so that residents are not disturbed. As with other Bath Tour buses, over fifty passengers can be accomodated on the top deck alone.
At the handover was Cllr Caroline Roberts, BaNES Cabinet member for transport; Phil Fletcher from Volvo Bus and Bath Bus Comapny MD Martin Curtis.
Martin said, "In recent years we have raised tour bus standards enormously to improve environmental issues in the city. Tight traffic controls also apply to Bath's open top buses. However, with these vehicles we will improve the standards still further in Bath while the existing buses are being cascaded to other locations where Bath Bus Company also operate tours".
Earlier this year Bath Bus Company became Worldwide CitySightseeing Operator of the Year, in recognition of the increasingly high standards it provides.