BREAKING NEWS' Anglianbus confirm first 6 MAN EcoCity gas buses are to enter service on Monday 3rd December!

Anglianbus have confirmed that the first 6 of their brand new MAN EcoCity gas buses will be ready to hit the road next week!

They will enter service on Monday 3rd December 2012 on the new 146 service between Lowestoft and Norwich where customers will be the first to view the exclusive new liveries and experience a smooth and quiet ride on the ultra low carbon vehicles.

The launch of the first gas bus will take place at Lowestoft Bus Station with a ribbon cutting at 0945 on Monday, with Managing Director Andrew Pursey and Waveney MP Peter Aldous.

Anglianbus have invested £2.6million into the 13 brand new gas buses which are set for use across Norwich, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth and will operate on biogas, a renewable energy source produced from biodegradable waste materials (food waste, crop residue and slurry), through an anaerobic digestion process - a widely used source of renewable energy in mainland Europe, but relatively new in the UK.

In comparison to a standard Euro 3 bus, the new arrivals to the Anglian Bus fleet will produce up to 96% less emissions.

For local residents living along bus routes, the new gas buses will be significantly quieter as a gas-operated engine gives out less vibrations, also benefitting passengers on the bus by making their journey smoother and more relaxing.

Earlier on this year Anglian Bus succeeded in a bid for the government’s Green Bus Fund, granting £624,000 towards the 13 new gas powered buses. The buses were trialled on three routes, all of which received fantastic feedback from both drivers and passengers.

Managing Director Andrew Pursey commented "We are very excited about the new gas buses going into service, especially on such a high profile new route. The project has already stimulated a lot of interest from other bus operators and organisations across the country, who will be watching with interest. Not only do these buses represent the greenest solution to public transport by road in the country, but we are convinced that overtime they will be one of the most cost effective".

Look out for the ‘Gas Bus Guide’ on board the new vehicles, it will also be available to download shortly via the Anglianbus website.

Click here to download the 146 timetable to be one of the first to experience the new gas buses!

You can also follow Anglianbus on Twitter @AnglianBus for the latest news and images of the first 6 gas buses in action.

We also hope to bring you a special report and photographs of the new buses in service here on Andy's Bus Blog at some point next week.

Thanks to Anglianbus for providing the information in this post - click here to see their full news release.