First invests in 77 new biomethane buses to improve Bristol’s air and gives away free tickets
A major investment to improve Bristol’s air quality by First West of England will see 77 new, state-of-the-art, bio-methane buses hitting the city’s streets in the coming months.
The new vehicles, which will operate on routes across the city, offer a more than 80% reduction in greenhouse gases and a 95% reduction in Nitrogen Oxides helping to improve air quality.
The announcement comes to mark Clean Air Day (20th June) and also sees the company give away more than 350 free tickets to customers across the First West of England region to encourage more people to take the bus.
These reductions will form a major part of the company’s efforts to meet the requirements of the Bristol’s Clean Air Zone, alongside further investments to upgrade the existing fleet.
James Freeman, Managing Director of First West of England said:
“At First West of England, we want to make sure we’re playing our part to clean up the city’s air. These 77 new buses will do that by not only being 95% less polluting themselves, but I hope the improved quality of service will also encourage more people to leave their cars at home and jump on the bus.
“To help people make that switch, we’re giving away more than 350 free tickets for our existing customers to share with their friends to mark Clean Air Day so they can see that bus travel is a key part of making every day, a clean air day in Bristol.”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said:
“This new investment will take older, more polluting buses off the streets and will work alongside the 21 biomethane buses that already operate on the metrobus m1 route. The new buses will offer free wifi and USB charging points to all passengers as well as comfortable seating and be accessible for all passengers with spacious doors, low floors and wide corridors. +
The FREE Adult FirstDay tickets will be sent via email to 357 customers across the West of England area to promote the values of greener bus travel and encourage the customer to gift the free ticket to a friend. We’d hope the friend is a non bus user so would drive trial and acquisition.
Why choose a gas bus?
Battery electric buses have zero tailpipe emissions so will improve local air quality, but the greenhouse gas emissions for their creation and charging result in the entire process of energy flow, from the mining of the energy source to a vehicle being driven being 19% higher than a biomethane gas bus, which uses a renewable, sustainable fuel. Gas buses also have an equivalent range (250 miles) to diesel buses, which means they can stay on the road for longer.