27/11/2012

First MAN EcoCity gas buses start arriving at Anglianbus! (Updated 28/11/12)

Anglianbus have started taking delivery of their 13 brand new MAN EcoCity gas powered buses, the new vehicles, which are expected to begin entering service on Monday 3rd December will be used on a selection of Anglianbus routes in Norfolk & Suffolk, including their new 146 service between Norwich, Beccles & Lowestoft.

The first of the new buses appeared at the opening of a new renewable gas plant in Dorset last week - below is Go-Ahead's press release about the event...

One of Go-Ahead's new gas buses played a supporting role during a visit by HRH The Prince of Wales to Poundbury in Dorset when the Prince opened a new renewable gas plant.


Go-Ahead (Anglianbus) gas bus © Go-Ahead Group.

The first of Go-Ahead's 13 new MAN EcoCity buses was used during His Royal Highness's visit, with the vehicle taking visitors to and from the facility. The new gas plant is the UK's first fully operational commercial scale anaerobic digester and biomethane-to-grid plant, and provides renewable energy for Poundbury, the mixed use community being developed near Dorchester by the Duchy of Cornwall.

Go-Ahead's EcoCity buses will come into service during the next two months and will be run by Anglian Bus. Go Ahead is investing in a gas dispensing unit at Anglian's Beccles headquarters to fuel the buses.

Anglian Managing Director Andrew Pursey was at the event and chatted to the Prince of Wales about Go-Ahead's use of gas buses.

Phil Margrave, Go-Ahead's Group Engineering Director said: "It is good to see our first gas playing a supporting role in the launch of such an important development at Poundbury. The new EcoCity buses, obtained through the third round of Green Bus Funding, will reduce the daily cost of running the vehicle by around a third."

UPDATE 28/11/12 - we now understand that at least six of the new MAN EcoCity's have arrived at Anglianbus, whats more the company have revealed on their Facebook page that the first examples of the new buses are expected to enter service this coming Monday (3rd December) on their brand new 146 service between Norwich, Beccles & Lowestoft!

We will endevour to bring you further information on the new vehicles here on Andy's Bus Blog as it becomes available!