New Sunderland buses turn rubbish into fuel

Stagecoach Group co-founder and chairman Sir Brian Souter.
Stagecoach Group co-founder and chairman Sir Brian Souter.
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BUS bosses have unveiled a multi-million-pound investment to bring 17 biomethane gas buses to Sunderland.

Stagecoach will spend £3million on introducing the Scania/ADL Enviro 300 single-decker vehicles to Wearside.

The investment is part-funded by grants from the latest round of allocations from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Green Bus Fund.

The Government is paying up to half the cost difference between low-carbon diesel-hybrid and biomethane gas buses and their standard diesel equivalent. Robert Montgomery, managing director of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: “We are delighted to have received support funding from the latest round of the Department for Transport’s Green Bus Fund.

“Our customers in Sunderland will benefit from new biomethane gas buses, which will have lower carbon emissions, and help deliver a better living environment for local people.

“Sustainability is at the heart of our business, and buses play a vital role in supporting the economy, keeping communities connected and meeting the country’s environmental challenges. We are committed to investing in cleaner, greener vehicles for our passengers and reducing our own carbon footprint as a business.”

Biomethane is a naturally occurring gas which is produced by the so-called anaerobic digestion of organic matter such as animal waste, plant material, manure and sewage.