February 12, 2020. Bristol will take a significant step towards tackling its transport emissions next weekend when bus operator First West of England opens a new biomethane filling station at its Lawrence Hill depot in the United Kingdom.
The opening is the latest milestone in the operator’s ambitious biomethane powered bus scheme, which is introducing 77 biomethane buses onto roads in east and northern Bristol through the first half of this year.
Ten new buses hit the roads at the start of January on the firm’s metrobus m3 service. The next 27 buses will take to the streets in East Bristol from next week, replacing all city buses on routes 42 to 45, which locals will recognize as buses running along Church Road to St George and points east.
The new gas filling station, which was built by Gas Bus Alliance at a cost of more than £2 million, can dispense sufficient biomethane to fuel up to 100 gas buses. The biomethane is taken direct from the mains, negating the need for fuel delivery from road tankers, First West of England said.
The new facility will operate alongside an existing biomethane station at the Bristol Community Transport depot, which opened last summer. The two sites mean a total of 99 buses will be running on biomethane in the area by April 2020.
On top of their green credentials, the new buses feature a Scania chassis, USB charging points, and an additional wheelchair space.