Bright sparks name new County Council electric buses
Pupils from Bispham Drive Junior School in Toton, and John Clifford Primary School in Beeston were the first passengers to ride the county's first-ever electric buses after taking part in a competition to name them.
The youngsters took the trip on the newly named 'Eco Buzz' and 'The Eco Traveller' for an event at Toton Lane Park & Ride to celebrate the first day of service for the electric buses, where the pupils performed a special bus-themed song.
Following Nottinghamshire County Council and Government investment, bus passengers will now benefit from quieter, smoother, greener buses on the 510 and 511 routes which run between Beeston, Toton and Stapleford connecting with the tram network at Toton Lane Park and Ride and Beeston Bus and Tram Interchange.
Nottinghamshire County Councillor John Cottee, Communities and Place Committee Chairman, praised the pupils for their creativity. Speaking at the event he said,
"I'm delighted that pupils from Bispham Drive Junior and John Clifford Primary came up with such fantastic names for the new electric buses, it was hard to choose a winner, but two names really stood out.
"Bispham Drive Junior's Pegasus class came up with 'Eco Buzz' and John Clifford Primary's Raccoons class - and in particular Jem Simkins - came up with 'The Eco Traveller'.
"Nottinghamshire County Council is committed to improving air quality for our residents so today marks a milestone for us.
"These new buses produce zero exhaust emissions meaning that residents and passengers will benefit from cleaner air along the routes.
"The 510 and 511 bus routes provide a vital service for many people who cannot access the commercial bus network , providing access to training, employment, health, shopping and leisure facilities. These routes take in popular destinations such as Attenborough Nature Reserve, Bardills Garden Centre, Japanese Water Gardens Stapleford and Beeston town centres and Chilwell Retail Park.
Jem Simkins, 8, of John Clifford Primary school said,
“I chose the name Eco Traveller, as its eco-friendly, as it doesn’t cause pollution and it travels between Beeston and Stapleford. It’s very smooth, quiet and very comfortable. I enjoyed riding it”
Andrea Goetzee, Headteacher at Bispham Drive Junior School said,
"The children really enjoyed having the chance to ride the bus. Having the opportunity to name the bus was a great way to get them even more involved in the local community."
A new ECOnnect Plus ticket in partnership with Nottingham Express Transit has also been launched. The ticket offers all day travel on the 510 and 511 bus services, and the entire NET tram network and allows passengers to travel to and from Nottingham on zero-emission public transport without the need to buy multiple tickets.
The £910,000 project to fund the two buses comes on the back of more than £500,000 Government funding and £410,000 worth of Nottinghamshire County Council investment.
The buses were built in Falkirk by ADL (Alexander Dennis Ltd) in partnership with BYD (Build your Dreams)
Other benefits generated by the new buses include:
*Zero exhaust emissions - helping reduce harmful emissions which impact on health and the environment
*Reduced C02 emissions
*Reduced running costs due to cheaper costs of electricity compared to diesel
*Smoother and quieter journeys - reduced engine noise so passengers can enjoy a better journey experience
*Larger seating capacity - allowing more users to access the service