Fifteen new ultra-low emission buses have joined the indigo fleet this week, contributing to Derby City Council’s mission to improve air quality across Derby.

The new indigo buses have ultra-low emission certification and go above and beyond the current recommendations for new buses, including start/stop technology to cut the engine at bus stops and traffic lights.

trentbarton’s £2.5m investment in the new indigo buses will be followed by another 13 new vehicles on the  i4 fleet with an investment of £2m this Autumn. All the new buses are cleaner than the latest Euro VI standard for emissions.

The British-built Alexander Dennis Enviro200 buses each emit less nitrogen dioxide than a new car.

Derby City Council is currently asking the public for its views on how to create a Clean Air Zone by 2020. Derby City Council leader Chris Poulter and deputy leader Councillor Matthew Holmes were shown the new indigo buses by trentbarton managing director Jeff Counsell.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Derby City Council’s Deputy Leader said:

“The new buses not only look great, they will help to promote sustainable travel across Derby and encourage more people to use public transport.

“During the launch I found it surprising to be told that some diesel cars have higher emissions than the new buses. That demonstrates how investment like this supports our commitment to tackle air pollution in Derby. It’s great to see a local company like trentbarton investing in Derby and its future.”

Jeff Counsell, trentbarton’s Managing Director said:

“An attractive, frequent, reliable and low-emission public transport network needs to be central to the plans if Derby is to meet its objectives.

“Creating a Clean Air Zone is going to require significant and joined-up action by a wide range of organisations, including public transport providers. trentbarton is committed to playing its part by consistently investing millions in the newest buses.

“As a city, Derby needs to tempt more car drivers to switch some journeys to other transport modes. Using a bus instead of a car not only cuts emissions it also reduces congestion, multiplying the benefits to Derby’s air quality.”

indigo runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week linking Derby with Long Eaton, Beeston and Nottingham.