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First step towards zero-emission fuel cell electric buses for Metrobus Gatwick and Crawley

8 months ago Wed 6th Feb 2019

Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus have secured £4.36 million under the government’s Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme towards 20 zero-emission fuel cell buses for Gatwick, Crawley and Manor Royal Business District.

The single deckers would run on Metrobus Fastway routes 10 and 20, the 24-hour service with high frequency links between Gatwick Airport and Manor Royal Business District and Crawley town centre, Horley and residential suburbs.  The service uses a network of guided busway sections and other bus priority measures.

Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus' Head of Innovation Strategy, Patrick Warner said: 

"We welcome the announcement that we've been successful in our bid for a contribution towards our plans for 20 zero-emission fuel cell electric buses. These single deckers would be introduced on our 24-hour, high frequency Metrobus Fastway services to and from Gatwick Airport and Manor Royal Business District in Crawley.

“This is a crucial step in our ambitious bid to operate a zero-emission fleet by 2030 and it will enable us to be the first commercial operator in the world to independently introduce this technology. We now look forward to advancing these plans.”

The new buses would also have a positive impact on other areas of the business, enabling Brighton & Hove Buses to retire the last of the Euro 3 buses and redeploy current Volvo diesel buses, which are primarily Euro 5, and a handful of Euro 6 buses, elsewhere on the network.  

Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “This government is doing more than ever before to reduce emissions across all modes of transport and I’m delighted to see the bus industry putting itself at the forefront of this.”

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