Arriva Trials World’s First Euro 6 Bio Gas Double Decker in Manchester

Arriva Trials World’s First Euro 6 Bio Gas Double Decker in Manchester
The world's first Euro 6 double decker bio gas bus is being trialled on the 263 service in Manchester.Scania

Arriva North West is trialling the world's first Euro 6 bio gas double decker bus in Manchester. It runs on food and water waste which can cut emissions up to 20 per cent than an equivalent Euro 6 diesel bus.

Arriva North West is currently trialling the Scania N280UD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400 CBG double deck bus on the popular 263 route between Manchester Piccadilly and Altrincham Interchange.

The bus has been developed over a two-year period by Scania, specifically for the UK bus market. The double deck vehicle builds on the success with single deck gas buses, a key challenge was overcome in the placement of fuel cylinders under the staircase and under seats at the rear of the upper deck, keeping saloon intrusion to an absolute minimum.

Fuelled with compressed biogas, the Scania engine is derived from its Euro 6 diesel equivalent, with only around 40 parts changed. Accredited to LCEB standards, the Enviro400CBG has up to 20 per cent lower CO2 emissions than Euro 6 diesel and its environmental benefits are further increased by using sustainably sourced bio-methane as fuel.

Alastair Nuttall, General Manager at Arriva North West says, “Arriva is committed to reducing its environmental impacts. Trialling new low-emission technologies to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions help us move towards our environmental goals.”

“The biogas bus is now on trial on our route 263 between Manchester and Altrincham, where customers can experience it first-hand. We will be encouraging feedback and are very much looking forward to our passengers’ comments on this exciting new double decker.

Scania has a long history of producing gas-powered vehicles for European markets but developing a product to supply to bus operators in the UK has been a greater challenge.

For the trial, the bus will be fuelled using a mobile refuelling station provided by Scania’s infrastructure partner Roadgas.

Mark Oliver, UK Bus & Coach Fleet Sales General Manager at Scania, said: “Unlike mainland Europe, British bus networks use a high proportion of double deck buses. Across Europe, single deck buses with gas tanks on the roof are a common sight, but for the UK we have had to accommodate the tanks within the double deck bodywork itself.”

Tanya Neech, Senior Advisor Sustainable Fuels at Scania, said: “The double deck gas bus is being trialled in Manchester to demonstrate the vehicle’s reliability, running costs and the benefits of running on Biogas in real life service. Gas double deckers offer real savings in carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Tom Harrison

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