NCT Gas Bus at UK Bus Summit

Nottingham on the route for cleaner buses following successful bid

Key routes into Nottingham will benefit from even cleaner buses, as just under half of the City’s main bus fleet is upgraded.

185 vehicles of Nottingham City Transport’s 330-strong fleet are set to be retro-fitted to clean up their tailpipe emissions, following successful joint bids from the bus operator, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Over £3m of funding, from DEFRA’s Clean Vehicle Technology Fund, will be used to convert 185 of NCT’s existing, young diesel buses to the latest Euro VI standards, resulting in tailpipe emissions that are 90 per cent cleaner than their current Euro V standard, and would be compliant with a future Clean Air Zone.

The funding announcement was made by Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani at the UK Bus Summit on 8th February.

Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani

The City Council, which already runs 58 electric vehicles on its Linkbus services, will use its share of the funding to convert its remaining five diesel buses to Euro VI standard.

Councillor Sally Longford, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services and Local Transport, said: “This is fantastic news that will benefit many of our key routes into the city. It builds on the already impressive strides made in the city, by ourselves and our public transport operators, to improve our air quality.”

NCT Engineering Director, Gary Mason commented, “Our Euro V buses, which are only between 2 and 7 years old, will have enhanced exhaust treatment systems retrofitted to bring them to Euro VI equivalent, this will result in Nottingham City Transport having one of the youngest and cleanest fleets in the country.

He continued, “Last year we introduced our fleet of 53 Euro VI biogas powered double deck buses – the largest double deck gas bus fleet in the world!  The success of these buses combined with their ultra-low carbon footprint (using bio methane as a fuel) has encouraged NCT to adopt this fuel technology for future new bus orders and it is intended that all existing Euro III and Euro IV buses will be replaced in this way.”

Retrofitting diesel vehicles involves fitting a new tank and making alterations to the exhaust.

The process will reduce Nitrogen Dioxide emissions by around 73 tonnes a year, and the emission of Particulate Matter around half a tonne over the same period.

Key Routes that will benefit include Mansfield Road, Clifton, Carlton, Bestwood, St Anns, Basford, Ilkeston Road, Alfreton Road and Derby Road.