We’re really excited to announce that fifteen new ultra-low emission buses have joined the indigo fleet, contributing to Derby City Council’s mission to improve the city’s air quality.
Our new indigo buses each have ultra-low emission certification and go above and beyond the current recommendations for new buses, by incorporating start/stop technology to cut the engine at bus stops and traffic lights.
Our £2.5m investment in the new indigo buses will be followed by another £2m in the autumn with the arrival of 13 new vehicles for the i4 fleet.
The British-built Alexander Dennis Enviro200 buses each emit less nitrogen dioxide than a new car. With a full bus carrying 15 times more people than a full car – we believe clean buses are part of the solution to reducing traffic congestion and lowering overall emissions.
Derby City Council is currently asking the public for its views on how to create a Clean Air Zone by 2020. Derby City Council leader Chris Poulter and deputy leader Councillor Matthew Holmes were shown the new indigo buses by our managing director Jeff Counsel.
Jeff said: “An attractive, frequent, reliable and low-emission public transport network needs to be central to the plans if Derby is to meet its objectives.
“Creating a Clean Air Zone is going to require significant and joined-up action by a wide range of organisations, including public transport providers. trentbarton is committed to playing its part by consistently investing millions in the newest buses.
“As a city, Derby needs to tempt more car drivers to switch some journeys to other transport modes. Using a bus instead of a car not only cuts emissions it also reduces congestion, multiplying the benefits to Derby’s air quality.”
Councillor Holmes said: “The new buses not only look great, they will help to promote sustainable travel across Derby and encourage more people to use public transport.
“During the launch I found it surprising to be told that some diesel cars have higher emissions than the new buses. That demonstrates how investment like this supports our commitment to tackle air pollution in Derby. It’s great to see a local company like trentbarton investing in Derby and its future.”
Jeff added: “An attractive network served by modern buses with all the creature comforts is a key ingredient in Derby achieving the Clean Air Zone we all want to see.”
indigo runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week linking Derby with Long Eaton, Beeston and Nottingham: trentbarton.co.uk/services/indigo