by Tiana May
09 Jun 2023
The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a report outlining the findings of its low-emission bus scheme monitoring programme, which was conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) over a 12-month period.
This programme aims to assist local authorities, bus operators and passengers by providing informed data on the transition to zero-direct-emission buses.
Over the 12-month period, data was gathered on refuelling, recharging and distances travelled by zero- and low-emission buses.
These findings were used to calculate differences in energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to diesel buses.
The report found that GHG savings can be achieved by improving energy efficiency and decarbonising fuel or energy sources.
It also identified that electric buses used up to 70% less energy than diesel; reduced GHG emissions by up to 70%; and are the most energy-efficient of all low-emission buses.
The report also concluded that compressed natural gas (CNG) buses used more energy than diesel buses and increased GHG emissions by up to 7% when using fossil-derived CNG. However, buses fuelled by biomethane reduced GHG emissions by 80%.
In addition, the report also found that diesel hybrid buses were more efficient than non-hybrid diesel vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell buses used less energy than diesel buses.
The full report can be read here.
130 double-decker Enviro400 electric buses manufactured by Alexander Dennis and BYD for National Express Coventry are now in service.
Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a contract to Go-Ahead London to operate the city's Superloop route through the Silvertown Tunnel.
The UK government has announced up to 129 million GBP in funding to help local transport authorities deploy additional zero-emission buses.
TfL has published a new Bus Safety Strategy that outlines its planned actions to achieve Vision Zero in London.
First Bus has begun rolling out a new fleet of Wrightbus electric buses in York with the view of fully electrifying its fleet this year.
Transport for London (TfL) has announced that more than 80 electric buses have entered service in the south London borough of Sutton.
The Harrogate Bus Company has ordered 39 electric buses to convert its fleet of buses in North Yorkshire to electric power.
On 19 August, Transport for London launched its third route to form part of the Superloop express bus network.
Transport for London will begin construction on its Kingston Cromwell Road bus station to modernise the facility and improve accessibility.
Pelican Bus + Coach has announced that it will be launching the Yutong GTe14 electric coach to the UK market in the first quarter of 2024.
FlixBus has unveiled a decorated coach to celebrate its new routes connecting cities in Wales with Bristol, London, Heathrow and Gatwick.
BYD UK and Alexander Dennis have handed over its 1,500th electric bus as part of an order for Go-Ahead London.
Transport for London (TfL) has added the 1000th zero-emission bus to its fleet: a Wrightbus StreetDeck Electroliner operated by Metroline.
Newport Transport has partnered with Equipmake to repower a fleet of eight double-decker buses with electric drivetrain technology.
First Bus has commenced work to transform its Norwich Roundtree Way site into a fully electric depot for 70 Wrightbus vehicles.
The Port of Dover has announced plans to deliver an improved experience for coaches during the UK's peak holiday period.
The Go-Ahead Group and Zenobē have commenced construction on an electric bus charging hub at Oxford Bus Company's Cowley House depot.
The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority has ordered four electric buses from Alexander Dennis and BYD to run in Sheffield, UK.
The UK government is investing 45.6 million GBP in delivering more reliable, punctual and cheaper bus services in the North East.
The Go-Ahead Group has launched a hydrogen bus fleet and refuelling station for services in and around Gatwick Airport.
Zenobē and National Express are deploying the first fully electric shuttle bus service for customers attending Glastonbury Festival.
FlixBus has announced plans to launch the first direct services to Amsterdam from Leeds and Bristol in the UK.
Alexander Dennis has handed over the first five of 100 electric double-decker Bee Network buses to the Mayor of Greater Manchester.
FlixBus has announced partnerships with Stanley Travel and Bouden Coach Travel to offer additional coach services across its UK network.
Volvo has delivered 30 new Volvo BZL Electric double-deck buses to Stagecoach East in Cambridge to serve the city's Park and Ride sites.
Liverpool City Region has launched 20 publicly-owned hydrogen buses to run between St Helens and Liverpool city centre.
The UK government has extended the 2 GBP bus fare scheme until 31 October 2023. It will then be set at 2.50 GBP until November 2024.
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Volvo Buses has secured two orders from Stagecoach to supply a total of 189 electric buses in Stockport and London, UK.
During ITT Hub in Farnborough, Equipmake showcased its coach repower technology, which can provide an electric range of up to 250 miles.
Transport for London (TfL) has published detailed maps for its Superloop network, consisting of express bus routes circling the capital.
Wrightbus has secured a new order to manufacture 48 double-decker electric buses for Stagecoach in London.
First Bus has invested 2.5 million GBP in installing over 6,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels across 20 of its depots.
National Express has confirmed plans to grow its UK network to include 15 new routes in response to increased demand for coach travel.
TfGM has awarded Bee Network contracts to Stagecoach and Vision for school services in Wigan, Bolton and Salford and Bury.
Equipmake has partnered with Westway Coaches to extend its electric drive repowering programme to the coach sector.
Stagecoach has announced plans to introduce 170 electric buses. produced by Volvo and MCV, for service in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has responded to the recent delays at the Port of Dover that unfairly held back coaches.
UK: The Department for Transport is introducing rules requiring bus operators to make audiovisual route information available on board buses.
UK: The Transport Committee has published a report, Implementation of the National Bus Strategy, with recommendations for the government.
Transport for London (TfL) has allocated more than 63 million GBP in 2023/24 funding to help improve bus services and make roads safer.
First Bus has purchased a site to construct a new 'super bus depot' that will support its transition to an all-electric fleet in Portsmouth.
The first Bee Network-branded bus has entered service on the number 8 route connecting Bolton and Manchester city centre.
Transport for Greater Manchester is installing real-time bus information in locations such as the city centre and NHS hospitals.
The DfT is investing 815k GBP to establish a national Bus Centre of Excellence, alongside 3 million GBP for new electric buses in Leicester.
The Zero Emission Coach Taskforce (ZECT) has outlined requirements for maintaining affordable coach travel with zero-emission vehicles.
FlixBus has partnered with Belle Vue to expand its coach network across the north of England, with the addition of a MAN Neoplan Tourliner.
Transport for London (TfL) is installing more than 300 new real-time bus countdown signs to make bus travel easier across the UK capital.
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a 25.3 million GBP investment to support the production of 119 Wrightbus electric buses
UK: East Yorkshire Buses has announced plans to build a future-proofed bus depot on Taylor Way in Scarborough.
Warrington Borough Council has approved plans to replace Warrington’s Own Buses’ entire fleet of 105 buses with electric vehicles.
The UK government is providing up to 75 million GBP to keep the single bus fare cap at 2 GBP until the end of June 2023.
FlixBus' Cambridge-based operating partner, Whippet is investing in 14 MAN Neoplan P20 vehicles to expand and upgrade its fleet of coaches.
Wrightbus is partnering with Hygen Energy to deliver a 'green hydrogen' production facility at the bus manufacturer's Ballymena headquarters.
Newcastle City Council has announced that new bus priority measures are set to be installed on Gosforth High Street.
On Thursday 2 February, Stagecoach celebrated the launch of the UK's first all-electric city bus fleet in Inverness, Scotland.
Alexander Dennis will continue working with Fusion Processing Ltd to develop autonomous bus technology for the CAVForth2 project.
The Go-Ahead Group has placed an order with Wrightbus for 104 electroliner electric buses to operate in Oxford, UK.
Stagecoach has placed an order for 55 Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) Enviro400EV double deckers for Oxfordshire, UK.
National Express West Midlands is investing 150 million GBP in 300 electric buses that will be delivered by the end of December 2024.
First Bus has commenced operations of a zero-emission autonomous bus on public roads near Didcot and Abingdon in Oxfordshire, UK.
Stagecoach has announced that the UK's first full-size autonomous bus has carried passengers for the first time in East Scotland.
FlixBus has unveiled its latest UK growth plans, expanding its partnership with bus operator, McGill's to include 25 coaches.
National Express seamlessly integrated a Mercednes-Benz eCitaro electric bus into its Coventry fleet during a trial period in December 2022.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has ordered 50 additional electric buses from Alexander Dennis for the region's Bee Network.
Transport for Greater Manchester has awarded franchising contracts to Go North West and Diamond, covering 95 routes in total.
The UK government has confirmed that 130 bus operators will take part in its 2 GBP fare cap scheme from January to March 2023.
National Express West Midlands has commenced operations at its new bus and maintenance garage in Perry Barr, Birmingham.
UK research carried out by ComRes for Go-Ahead Group has revealed that zero-emission buses could encourage more people onto public transport.
Wrightbus has announced that the GB Kite Electroliner electric bus is in production in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
Arriva has announced that it will be introducing 22 electric double decker buses to the city of Leicester, UK.
Metroline has ordered 39 zero-emission electric buses from Wrightbus to operate across London and Hertfordshire.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced significant expansion plans for strengthening the bus network in outer London.
Nestrans, Aberdeen City Council, First Bus and Stagecoach are developing plans for a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Transport for London (TfL) has secured additional funding from the Mayor, enabling it to reassess substantial cuts to the London bus network.
UK coach operator, National Express is trialling mirrorless coaches to enhance the safety of its services.
50 National Express electric double-decker buses have entered service in Coventry, which aims to become the UK's first all-electric bus city.
Alexander Dennis has received the UK bus industry’s largest order since 2019, with a contract to supply 200 Enviro400 buses for Stagecoach.
Lion Electric has produced its first 'Made in America' electric LionC school bus in its US factory in Joliet, Illinois.
UK bus manufacturer, Mellor has presented its new electric Sigma 8 bus for the first time at EuroBus Expo in Birmingham.
Equipmake is showcasing a zero-emission version of the New Routemaster double-decker London bus at Euro Bus Expo.
Wrightbus has secured UK Export Finance-backed funding to take its hydrogen-powered double-deck bus to international markets.
Transport operator, Translink has contracted Wrightbus to supply 100 new battery electric buses in Northern Ireland.
London: new opportunity charging facilities have been installed at the Bexleyheath garage for use by the electric buses on route 132.
The 270 million GBP Connecting Leeds investment in improving transport and travel around the city has been completed.
A new electric bus service has been launched in Leicester to improve connectivity for the city’s outer ring road.
First Bus has contracted Equipmake to repower 12 of its first-generation electric Optare Versa buses in York, UK.
Transport for Greater Manchester has ordered 50 zero-emission double decker electric buses from Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).
Dwight School London and transport company, Zeelo have launched the UK's first electric school bus service.
UK coach operator, National Express has teamed up with Uber to enhance the passenger booking experience and offer exclusive discounts.
Tunnelling work is now underway on the Silvertown Tunnel across the Thames, a road tunnel that will also have a dedicated bus lane.
The UK government will provide up to 60 million GBP to help bus operators in England cap single fares at 2 GBP from January to March 2023.
Go-Ahead North East has added nine Voltra electric buses to its fleet in the North East of England to improve air quality in the region.
First Bus has ordered 193 electric buses from Wrightbus with funding from the DfT's Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme.
Yutong subsidiary, Pelican Bus & Coach is launching its new E9 electric bus in the UK, with deliveries starting in March 2023.
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) is expanding its electric bus portfolio with a new double decker and single decker electric bus.
On 5 August, the Future Mobility Showcase, hosted by WMGC, addressed how bus manufacturers can accelerate the uptake of zero-emission buses.
The buses that transport Sky staff members and visitors to the company's campuses in London and Edinburgh are to become electric.
An additional 23 biogas double-decker buses, developed by Scania and ADL, are being added to Nottingham City Transport's (NCT) fleet.
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