Bristol Green Buses
First Bus Driving the Green Agenda in Bristol
First Bus was proud to be an official partner of Bristol European Green Capital 2015. Bristol has always had a reputation for setting the public transport agenda, and First Bus worked hard to help establish Bristol as a test-bed for sustainable transport innovation.
For example, a First Bus trial of a gas powered bus, commonly known as the ‘Poo Bus’ as it’s powered by bio-methane created using human and food waste, has led to a joint bid alongside four local authorities for 110 double decker bio-methane buses for Bristol. Should these plans be successful, the vehicles will be deployed on routes designated ‘Air Quality Management Areas’ and First Bus in Bristol will by some distance run the most environmentally friendly fleet in the UK.
First Bus continues to experiment with electric power. The introduction of GPS geo-fence technology enables Virtual Electric vehicles to recognise when they enter areas of the city with poor air quality and then switch to green all-electric mode. Two of these buses, funded in part by the DfT, entered service in Bristol at the start of 2016.
In addition, 58 double decker low carbon certified vehicles fitted with Euro 6 engines will have entered the Bristol fleet this financial year, replacing single-deckers and providing more capacity. That includes 34 ‘StreetDeck Micro Hybrid’ buses, which are among the most fuel efficient vehicles available and a product that First Bus helped trial, develop and bring to market.
Bus Performance Improvements
First Bus Drives Improvements to Vehicle Performance Recognising the need to reduce carbon emissions, improve the fuel economy of vehicles and the journey experience for customers, whilst also supporting Local Authority agendas to improve air quality, First Bus spearheaded a unique and rigorous...
Driving Accessibility Improvements We are working with a range of disability groups to understand how we can provide services that are more accessible.
Bus Rapid Transit
Eclipse - Bringing Bus Rapid Transit to South Hampshire An opportunity was identified to use an abandoned rail line as a dedicated bus way between Fareham and Gosport with the aim of significantly speeding up journey times and providing a new link to Fareham Rail Station.
Making Buses a Better Choice
Making Buses a Better Choice - Hampshire In 2013 First Bus, in partnership with Solent Transport, was successful in securing ‘Better Bus Area Funding’ to improve the overall customer experience of bus journeys in South Hampshire.
Next stop audio
First Bus Driving Innovation through Next Stop Audio Visual Announcement Pilot First Bus is committed to making services as accessible as possible for all of its passengers In 2015 First Bus worked with Rise Digital Media, the Confederation of Passenger Transport and West Yorkshire Combined...
Park and Ride at Elland Road
Elland Road Park & Ride is Just the Ticket for Passenger Growth In June 2014 Elland Road Park and Ride saw 200 cars parked there in its first week, however, by its first anniversary more than 68,000 cars had been parked and 150,000 passenger journeys made.