Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Nottingham Eco-Expressway Takes Next Step, With Electric Buses On Their Way

A multi-million pound project to bring an electric bus route to to the city will take a step forward this week.

The Nottingham Eco-Expressway scheme will cost £9.6 million and see a high capacity, high frequency bus corridor running from the city centre into Vale Road in Colwick, taking in Manvers Street and Daleside Road in the process.
Nottingham City Council says it will serve existing businesses on the route to help people get to work, but also take in sites with big futures, such as housing projects or leisure facilities.

The local authority held a public consultation on the scheme, which finished on Friday, and this week at its Executive Board meeting, it plans on signing off £6.12 million of the funding from the local enterprise partnership D2N2 and to handover responsibility of the development to the deputy chief executive, alongside the portfolio holder for transport Nick McDonald.
"In addition to providing improved connections to existing and proposed employment sites, the scheme will deliver significant public transport benefits and will offer improved journey times and reliability for both supported and commercial bus services," says the report, which is due to go in front of the board on Tuesday.
"It is anticipated that bus journey times along the corridor will be reduced by five percent, that patronage will increase by two percent and that emissions along the corridor will be reduced as diesel buses are replaced with zero emission electric buses."

The route will begin at the proposed Gedling Access Route/Gedling Colliery Site and eventually travel out to the Boots Enterprise Zone in the west. And, as well as being open to the buses, the corridor will be open to use by private electric vehicles too.

 A fleet of 13 BYD electric buses will be 
delivered to Nottingham.
The council expect the electric buses to be delivered by the end of the summer this year, with construction of the route to begin in October. If all goes to plan, the whole scheme will be up and running by the end of 2017.
Councillor McDonald said: "The Eco Expressway could open up greener travel options for people wanting to travel into the city and beyond. With better bus facilities and new prioritised routes for cyclists, this is a great leap forward for sustainable transport in the city."
As well as the electric bus routes, there will be improvement to cycle ways for those who prefer to travel by two wheels.

Article from Nottingham Post