Lincoln buses shortlisted for green award

Lincoln’s green buses are in the finals to win an Environment Award at in the UK Bus Awards 2012.

Stagecoach’s Lincoln BioBus project runs around the Cathedral Quarter of the city.

The project was developed with Lincolnshire County Council and funding from the East Midlands Development Agency.

The buses run on a mix of biomethane and diesel, which reduces carbon and exhaust emissions, improves air quality and keeps buildings cleaner. Additionally, passengers using the BioBus have risen by up to 11%.

The UK Bus Awards is an annual event celebrating excellence and good practice in bus services. Over 270 nominations were received and the awards ceremony for those shortlisted will take place a Hilton Hotel in London in November.

Managing Director for Stagecoach Gary Nolan said: “The BioBuses are part of a pioneering project to develop gas powered buses in Lincoln, which are a cleaner and greener way to travel around this beautiful city.

“Technically, it was a hugely challenging initiative and so it is extremely pleasing to see the hard work of those involved recognised in the awards shortlist.”

Chris Briggs, Head of Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council said: “We are particularly pleased that this trial is also helping us to tackle climate change, with these distinctive liveried green buses already having saved over 170 tonnes of carbon.

Also competing in Lincoln’s category are First Group, Reading Buses, Volvo Buses, and Stagecoach South West.

Source: Lincolnshire County Council