The “UK’s largest” natural gas-powered bus fleet is set to hit the roads of Reading this month.
Operated by Reading Buses, the ‘Greenwave’ service vehicles (pictured) will run solely on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which produces no hydrocarbons and has “virtually no carbon emissions”. The buses are expected to improve the air quality and help cut fuel costs.
Reading Buses already operate 31 electric hybrid buses, which means 40% of the company’s fleet will now be classified as super-low emission vehicles with the 20 new additions.
Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, said: “Reading Council has long championed environmental improvements, especially reductions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. These new buses represent a very real step forward and these services will soon be able to claim to be one of the first genuinely carbon neutral bus services in Britain.”
The service will connect Reading town centre with Green Park – a 195-acre parkland and business community.