Believe it or not, residents of Lowestoft and Norwich had an early Christmas treat. They are among the first passengers to travel in a new fleet of 'green' bio-gas powered buses in the UK. Traveling green will soon become a way of life for most people living around Lowestoft because the buses they commute with on daily basis, will be run from renewable energy that is produced from biodegradable waste materials. The 13 Eco-friendly buses will be operated by Anglican Bus which is part of the Go-Ahead Group who also launched new route (146), a move that was praised by residents.
The new route will pass via Carlton Colville, Beccles, Loddon, Thurton, and Worlingham. Being the first UK Company to implement and launch the Eco-friendly and energy efficient bus, the managing director of Anglican Bus, Andrew Pursey, could not hide his joy of having accomplished their strategy in reducing greenhouse gases in Norfolk and Suffolk. According to manufacturer of the bus, the green bus will generate 96% fewer emissions as compared to a standard bus.
In an effort to lessen fuel emission levels, the department of transportation through the government is encouraging bus operators to turn to renewable sources of fuel. Successful bids for the government’s green bus fund were announced earlier this year and East of England received £3m, part of which was spent in getting the 13 new gas powered buses at a cost of £624,000.
Mr. Pursey echoed his enthusiasm as the buses were released to start operating in some of the high profile routes. He also acknowledged the interest of other stakeholders who will be watching keenly to monitor the progress of green bus.
He believes that these buses are a big solution to the menacing problem caused by auto emission which is at the heart of environmental problems. The managing director of Anglican Bus is more than convinced that in due time, the green bus will become the most affordable forms of transportation in the country.