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NITROUS OXIDE-BUSTING BUSES HIT STREETS

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Winchester City Council has taken delivery of five new eco-friendly buses for use on the park and ride route around...
Winchester City Council has taken delivery of five new eco-friendly buses for use on the park and ride route around the city - among the first to go in service across the country.

The buses are fitted with top-of-the-range Euro 4 engines, which give out much less pollution than the old park and ride buses. They have a capacity of 44 seated and 27 standing passengers.

The Alexander Dennis buses are built to the latest 'Euro 4' specification. They are amongst the first to go into service across the UK and are being introduced ahead of new EU regulations to improve emissions. The latest technology involving the injection of a Urea compound as an exhaust after-treatment means that exhaust pollutants are significantly reduced, particularly harmful nitrous oxides.

The buses are part of the 5-year contract the council has with Stagecoach to provide the park and ride service, at an annual cost of£350,000.

'This is part of our strategic aim of reducing pollution in the city centre,' said the portfolio holder for planning and transport, Barry Lipscomb.

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