Each year we invest up to £6 million on buying and refurbishing our buses. This year will be no different. In 2018, we are set to spend £5million on 30 new buses as we help to reduce pollution in Derby and Nottingham – each of the new buses for i4 and indigo will emit less nitrogen dioxide than a new car.
All our new buses will meet the latest Euro VI emissions standard, including for NOx, and will take the number of Euro VI vehicles in the fleet to 108. They will help Derby as the city prepares to introduce a Clean Air Zone in 2020.
Jeff Counsell, managing director, said: “Air pollution in our cities and towns is a problem for everyone. Whilst no one organisation can tackle this challenge alone, we are committed to playing a leading role. Congestion and pollution go hand in hand and an effective and attractive bus network should be seen as a crucial part of the solution to tackling pollution.”
We are inviting manufacturers to bid for the new order, and with 80 per cent of urban buses in the UK being built in the country, we're hopeful our 30 new buses will support British manufacturing jobs.
Campaign group Nottinghamshire Campaign for Better Transport said it was ‘excellent’ news.
Chairman David Thornhill said: “Nottingham has long been known for the excellence of its bus services, and this just underlines how lucky we are to have such a high-quality bus operator as trentbarton.
Jeff added: “For an independent local operator, trentbarton has been leading the industry with our delivery standards and customer satisfaction for a number of years. Our drivers are currently ranked as the best in England, and our satisfaction and value for money, as ranked by customers, are some of the highest in the country. Now has never been a better time to be using public transport.”