Bus company is going green

Eco champs: Drivers Hughie Cronin (left) and Callum Draper go green with the help of the latest transport technology.

Eco champs: Drivers Hughie Cronin (left) and Callum Draper go green with the help of the latest transport technology.

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A BUS company is going green – thanks to new technology which will cut harmful emissions.

The new system has been installed on Trent Barton’s buses and is also set to save the company thousands pounds worth of fuel.

It will provide drivers with information on how efficiently the vehicle is performing at different speeds.

Trent Barton managing director, Jeff Counsell, said the company used around ten million litres of fuel a year, and every 1p price increase led to an extra £100,000 on its annual fuel bill.

He added: “Thanks to this innovative technology, drivers can keep a constant eye on the fuel consumption of the vehicle using a colour-coded monitor in the cab and adjust their driving style accordingly.”

The system has been installed on 330 buses across Trent Barton’s network in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire following successful trials that have already generated significant savings.

Mr Counsell said: “With fuel costs spiralling, we don’t want that to put a heavy burden on fares and at the same time better fuel efficiency means reduced exhaust emissions.

“Furthermore the system even produces real-time tracking information that will help us better regulate our services,” he added.

The system has been developed by Nottingham-based Microlise, a company that specialises in transport management systems.

Chris Wallace, who is the company’s sales director, said: “Although we operate on a worldwide basis here, it has been a pleasure working so closely with a local bus operator.”