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Cleaner, greener travel for East Midlands passengers as trentbarton and Kinchbus unveil ultra-low emission buses

Rainbow one drivers Louise Robinson, Dave Wilson and Anthony Armstrong with the new buses

One of the East Midlands’ largest public transport groups has invested almost £5m on upgrading its bus fleets with cleaner and greener vehicles.

Wellglade Group, based in Heanor, has spent £2.6m on 16 skylink drivers Jack Roberts, Chris Firth and Mike Bennett with two of the new skylink busesra-low emission buses to be used in trentbarton services and another £2.1m on the same calibre of transport for 12 buses run by Kinchbus.

Ultra-low emission buses will serve Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and East Midlands Airport

Its new Enviro200 buses, built in Britain by manufacturing firm Alexander Dennis, will serve trentbarton rainbow one routes connecting Nottingham with Kimberley, Eastwood, Heanor, Ripley and Alfreton, as well as the Kinchbus 24/7 skylink services connecting Leicester with East Midlands Airport and Derby.

Each bus exceeds the latest Euro VI emissions standard, emitting less nitrogen dioxide than a new car, while using stop-start technology to further reduce emissions when stationary.

They also feature glazed skylights, LED lighting, free superfast Wi-Fi and USB power sockets at every seat.

Kinchbus skylink drivers Jack Roberts, Chris Firth and Mike Bennett with two of the new ultra-low emission buses

Jeff Counsell, managing director at trentbarton and Kinchbus, said passengers will be able to travel in “even greater style aboard these super new buses”.

“The more people who travel on our greener buses, the more we’ll all help improve the air we all breathe,” he added.

“Making our buses Covid-secure is the number one priority and everyone can be reassured that travelling on rainbow one, as on all our services, is a safe, comfortable and value for money way to get around.”

The rainbow one buses include ticketing technology that accepts the new mango app, contactless debit and credit cards, Apple and Android devices, saver and concessionary passes. Cash can also be used.