Green fleet to hit city streets

Environment Friendly: Preston Bus MD Bob Dunn with the new hybrid double decker buses
Environment Friendly: Preston Bus MD Bob Dunn with the new hybrid double decker buses
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Four new carbon-busting double-decker buses will hit the streets of Preston by the end of the week.

The £300,000 diesel-electric hybrid vehicles will be rolled out on the high-frequency 22/23 route from the city centre to the Royal Preston Hospital and Asda supermarket at Fulwood.

Bob Dunn, managing director of operator Preston Bus, said the new acquisitions were the 11th hybrid vehicles to join its fleet.

He said: “We are seeing a 25 per cent reduction in our fuel bill, so it is easy to see why we are doing it.

“Now we have more than 10 per cent of our fleet as hybrid vehicles and we want to add more.”

Mr Dunn added: “I do not think there will be any other operator of our size which has as many hybrid vehicles as we do.” Preston Bus has already rolled-out seven single-decker hybrid buses on its services supplying the park-and-ride sites at Portway and Walton-le-Dale, and the number 19 route from the city centre to Royal Preston Hospital.

Back in September when Mr Dunn announced that the busses would be rolled out he said that the company would continue to invest in environmentally-friendly technology.

He also revealed that the firm has fitted telematics technology into some of its vehicles to show it how its drivers are performing.

He said this enabled it to reward drivers who were using fuel-efficient practices and offer extra training to those who do not.

The firm has recently slashed nearly £30,000 off its energy bill after installing an energy management system on its fleet of 85 vehicles. The kit cuts carbon emissions by 56 per cent, saving 168 tonnes of carbon.