West Midlands, England, UK
Centro have worked in partnership with the local bus operator and Central Government to introduce a new fleet of low carbon hybrid buses on two core routes into Birmingham City Centre. The new greener vehicles run on a joint 8 minute frequency during 7am-6.30pm and a 15 minute frequency the rest of the day. The services have lessened the carbon footprint of the thousands of commuters they carry to and from work every single day. The 18 new state of the art buses have a distinctive livery illustrating the pride National Express West Midlands and Centro take in protecting the local environment. The hybrids will save an estimated 378 tonnes of carbon every year compared to regular buses, reducing C02 emissions of a regular bus by 30 per cent. Nine vehicles are Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 Hybrids whilst a further nine are Volvo Eclipse B5L Hybrids.
The main objectives of the initiative are to capitalise on the role that buses can play in reducing climate change and to act as a catalyst for further investment in more environmentally friendly buses. These objectives are consistent with the draft Integrated Transport Prospectus and Centro’s Environmental Policy which commits Centro to encourage and facilitate environmental improvements with public transport operators, including the introduction of hybrid vehicles.
Our agenda for change promoted on the above policy documents needs to ensure that by offering the right travel experience, the perception of public transport is enhanced and buses are not seen as a mode of last resort. Green ethics, climate change and energy issues such as the carbon footprint provide a window of opportunity to reposition the bus product as the smart option and a realistic alternative to the private car through an improved bus travel experience.
At local level, the introduction of LCEB has given the opportunity to address local air quality issues both in residential and city centre locations now benefiting from reduced pollutant emissions. It is estimated that the introduction of the new hybrid vehicles has brought significant reduction in direct vehicle emissions such as CO2 (-39%), Carbon Monoxide (-97%) and Nitro Oxides NOx (-47%).
Contact: Sandeep Shingadia