Transport

Britain’s first biogas double decker to be trialled on Altrincham bus route

By David Prior at

Britain’s first biogas-powered double decker bus is to be seen for the first time on the streets of Altrincham.

Arriva North West is to trial the bus – developed over a two-year period by manufacturer Scania – on the 263 route between Manchester and Altrincham.

With emissions of carbon dioxide reduced by up to 84%, the vehicle can operate on biogas created from waste products such as household food waste or waste water.

Britain’s first biogas double decker will be trialled on the 263 route

Alastair Nuttall, general manager at Arriva North West, said: “Arriva is committed to reducing its environmental impacts. Trialling new low-emission technologies to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions helps us move towards our environmental goals and supports our Group-wide ‘Destination Green’ environmental programme.

“The biogas bus is now on trial on our route 263 between Manchester and Altrincham, where customers can experience it first-hand. We will be encouraging feedback and are very much looking forward to our passengers’ comments on this exciting new double decker.”

For the trial, the bus will be fuelled using a mobile refuelling station provided by Scania’s infrastructure partner Roadgas.