Nottingham completes upgrade to bus fleet
Posted: 3 December 2019 | Intelligent Transport
The new low emission midi-buses feature on-board Wi-Fi, USB chargers and double passenger information screens which NCT are currently trialling.
Following the purchase of 67 new bio-gas double-deckers in 2019, 10 Alexander Dennis E200MMC low emission midi-buses have now entered service in West Bridgford, Nottingham. This will reportedly allow Nottingham City Transport (NCT) to complete its upgrade to a fully Euro VI fleet and meet Nottingham City Council’s Clean Air Plan to improve air quality.
David Astill, NCT Commercial and Operations Director, said: “We are delighted to introduce these brand new buses to our customers in West Bridgford. With almost 40 percent of Bridgford bus customers telling us that they have a car they could use for their journey, but they proactively choose to use the bus, we expect the modern design and features of the new buses will attract more motorists on board.”
Cllr Gordon Wheeler, Chairman of the Communities and Place Review and Development Committee and County Councillor for West Bridgford West, added: “It is great to see Nottingham City Transport investing in West Bridgford’s bus service, with these brand-new buses offering a comfortable, environmentally friendly way for residents to get around.”
As a result of the 10 new buses entering service, the 10 oldest NCT buses in the fleet (two of which date back to 2001) are being withdrawn. This reportedly sees NCT’s average bus age fall to just 4.5 years old (the UK average is 8.5 years) and the oldest bus drop from 18 years to nine years.