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Biogas double decker trialled in Ipswich

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In Ipswich, Suffolk, a six week trial is underway for biogas fuelled double-decker buses on one of the city’s main transport routes.

The trial began on 3 June, and has seen Ipswich Buses team up with Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania. The route for the trial runs from Ipswich’s town centre to Ipswich hospital.

Developed by Scania in partnership with Alexander Dennis, a body building company, it is claimed that the biogas fuelled buses reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 84%. The vehicles operate on biogas produced from waste, including household waste and wastewater.

“We are delighted to be given the chance to trial the biogas-powered bus,” said Danielle Devonish, marketing manager at Ipswich buses.

“We believe biogas is a strong contender on how buses will be powered in the future. There has been a big interest with our passengers and members of the general public on how the bus is powered and what impact it will have on the environment.” 

According to the company, the Scania E400 biogas powered bus has been independently certified and tested under the UK’s Low Emission Bus Scheme (LEB). The certification process delivered Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Well to Wheel (WTW) savings of up to 84 per cent delivering the greatest savings achievable through the scheme even in comparison to an electric equivalent.