Complying with government
policy relating to Clear Air
Zones meant developing a
long-term sustainability plan
for Nottingham City Transport
With environmental concerns riding higher
on the public agenda than ever before, the
UK is one of 17 European nations currently
taking action to improve air quality in order
to reduce pollution and health impacts.
The government body charged with
overseeing that programme is the
Department for the Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Following a 40-day consultation, and
further informed by a series of roundtable
discussions with relevant industries and
interest groups, DEFRA identified five
UK city centres – Birmingham, Derby, Leeds,
Nottingham and Southampton – where
older and more polluting vehicles would
be discouraged from entering by 2020.
Alleviating the problem
With a population of 300,000, which
increases to in excess of 1.5m in the wider
metropolitan area, the city of Nottingham
relies on its local authority-owned bus
company, Nottingham City Transport (NCT),
to do all that it can to help alleviate the
Led by Managing Director Mark Fowles,
the company has long had a reputation for
innovation, including pioneering the use
of alternative fuels in urban bus operations.
The latest incarnation of that is dedicated
Representing an investment of £17m,
including a £4.4m Low Emission Vehicle
grant from the government-funded Office
for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), a total
of 53 Scania/Alexander Dennis (ADL)
dedicated gas-fuelled double-decker buses
will have been introduced into service
by the end of 2018.
£2m of the headline figure has been
invested into an on-site gas fuelling station
at NCT’s Lower Parliament Street garage.
The facility is available not only to refuel
NCT’s buses, but is also open to third
parties that run vehicles powered by gas.
“By investing in this fleet of gasfuelled
double-deckers, we are acquiring
a sustainable solution that will deliver
substantial environmental benefits over the
coming years,” says Mark.
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