A fleet of 13 new gas-powered single deck buses will soon be operational in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, the boss of Anglian Bus has revealed.

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And for the first time in just over 50 years, an hourly train service will run along the entire length of the East Suffolk railway line between Ipswich and Lowestoft from December 10, following completion of the long-awaited passing loop at Beccles.

The two pieces of news were given to a meeting of the East Suffolk Travellers’ Association (ESTA) on Saturday.

Andrew Pursey, general manager of Anglian Bus, said the push towards greener transport would mean his firm was “the first operator in the UK to operate these gas buses.”

Earlier this year the Department for Transport announced successful bids as part of round three of the government’s Green Bus Fund. With the aim to reduce fuel emission levels by encouraging bus operators and local councils to use more eco-friendly vehicles, £3m was announced for the East of England, including £624,000 for the 13 new gas powered buses for use by Anglian Bus.

Mr Pursey said: “We trialled the bus on three different routes last year and were extremely pleased with the results and feedback from drivers and passengers. We were successful with our bid earlier this year and I am hoping we will see them in a few weeks’ time – to start in December or January.”

ESTA Chairman Trevor Garrod said: “There are one or two small buses that run on normal gas, but certainly nothing on services around Lowestoft. So this will be an important step forward towards greener transport.”

4 comments

  • Lets hope that Greater Anglia has enough trains to operate the new East Suffolk Line services. Because of the shortage of rolling stock, at the moment they are using a single carriage Class 153 on the very busy 0728hrs Lowestoft - Ipswich service. This is used by many Ipswich and London bound commuters trying to get to work and is not what travellers were told when the London throught services where withdrawn. Incidentally, Anglian Bus is part of the large nationwide Go Ahead group and not a local concern as some may think.

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    Port Watcher

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Now all Anglian need to do are produce accurate timetables!

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    Anthony Gower

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • This is excellent news. Small local bus operators are showing large multinational companies how to become more environmentally aware, work an active carbon reduction programme and employ well motivated and friendly drivers. Well done Anglian buses.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • Yes wrll donr anglian bus. But have you noticed how this is done by handouts would they have done it without the handouts probably not. Also it will be interesting when the funding runs out in 2 years will Anglia keep up the extra routes they put on or will that stop also I wonder. Still well done though to Anglia for doing this and when ever I use busses its normally a yellow one :-)

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    vinny.p

    Monday, October 15, 2012

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