Fleets shuffled for new emission zones


One of Stagecoach South’s battery-electric BYD/Alexander Dennis Enviro200EVs, 29104 (LJ68 CZD), operating service 715 (Kingston-Guildford) on 1 March.

Vehicles have been upgraded or transferred around the country as new zones accessible only to the cleanest buses have come into force in parts of England.

Leicester’s non-statutory scheme was agreed between operators and the city council in 2018. As buses falling short of Euro6 emission standards are charged a fee for entering the city centre, a shuffling of fleets has taken place to avoid charges.

Arriva Midlands has acquired newer Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC doubledeckers from Arriva Southern Counties and 16 older Volvo B9TL/East Lancs Olympus double-deckers from Yorkshire with upgraded exhausts. In a three-way swap, older Wright Gemini-bodied Volvo B7TLs and B9TLs have headed south from Leicester, with 2008-built Enviro400s moved from Kent to Yorkshire.

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