The project will result in over 40% of FBL’s bus fleet being low emission, with attendant benefits to local communities in Bristol, Kingswood, Staple Hill, and Keynsham, all of which contain designated AQMAs. The buses will operate on routes where the maximum air quality benefits will be gained.
The bid will also develop fuel supply infrastructure to ensure that the buses can be efficiently re-fuelled with minimal dead mileage. The fuelling equipment will be located at FBL’s Lawrence Hill depot, the base for the buses operating these services. The equipment will have sufficient capacity to fuel a further 25 CNG-powered buses that FBL propose to procure to operate additional MetroBus services once the scheme fully commences.
The fuelling station would be open to other bus operators, road hauliers and public sector fleets to re-fuel their CNG-powered vehicles at Lawrence Hill between 8 am and 5 pm on weekdays, thereby removing a potential barrier to those considering CNG as a fuel for LEVs in the West of England by providing a local fuelling station.
In total, £4.4 million is sought, which will unlock investment of £26 million by FBL.
- LEBS - West of England Bid
- Appendix 1 - Map Showing Bid Area
- Appendix 2 - Staple Hill AQMA Inset Map
- Appendix 3 - Kingswood AQMA Inset Map
- Appendix 4 - Keynsham AQMA Inset Map
- Appendix 5 - MetroBus (North Fringe to Hengrove) Route Map
- Appendix 6 - Project Plan
- Appendix 7 - NOX and PM10 Calculations
- Appendix 8 - Bristol Biomethane Letter