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Brighton Journal | 4th April 2020

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Emissions-Free Double Decker Bus to be Trialled in Brighton

Emissions-Free Double Decker Bus to be Trialled in Brighton
Hannah Midgley
The local environment would be hugely benefited by the move.

While the fight to save the environment should be taken on by everyone, Brighton and Hove undoubtedly has a large responsibility.

The city represents the only Green Party seat in its Brighton Pavilion constituency, and is a trendsetter for environmental action.

The latest in a wave of green changes is the trial of emissions-free buses, namely the “Euro 6 micro hybrid bus.”

These buses can be driven in a fully electric mode, marking a significant move in lowering the city’s carbon footprint.

Brighton and Hove buses will look to integrate the new hybrid electric vehicles, barring the success of the trial: “If tests go well, Brighton and Hove Buses believes it would be one of the few bus companies outside London to use the new HEV buses.”

The buses would represent a major investment, “costing about £380,000”. By contrast, “the conventional double-decker bus… costs about £190,000.”

However, the investment would considerably aid the battle against noise and air pollution, and Brighton’s sustainability.

The bus will be trialled “next month on route 5, which covers Hangleton, Hove, the city centre, Hollingbury, the universities and Patcham. Thirty buses currently cover this route.”

This will represent a further stride towards Brighton and Hove buses possessing a green fleet: “A third of our fleet is already nearly emissions-free and nearly 90 per cent of the fleet is LEZ (low emission zone) standard or above.”

The increased fuel efficiency of the new buses will also have a positive environmental impact.

Hopefully our city can continue to set the environmental benchmark.

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