Stagecoach commits to 80% electric bus expansion

Stagecoach is planning to increase its electric bus fleet by over 80% in the next 12 months.

The plan is part of its continuing journey towards being a net-zero business. It has published a new report outlining progress in 2021-2022 against the strategy it launched in 2021, ‘Driving Net Zero: Better Places to Live and Work’. The report details a programme of improvements delivered in 2021-2022 against its Planet, People, Prosperity and Governance targets. It includes a package of capital investment in new cleaner buses, measures to improve energy efficiency as well as improvements and investment for Stagecoach employees and local communities.

Stagecoach is continuing with its plans to target a zero-emission UK bus fleet by 2035, and has introduced new electric buses across many parts of the country, including one of Europe’s biggest investment in e-buses in Manchester. As part of these plans, Stagecoach will be increasing its electric bus fleet from 184 buses to 343 in the next year, representing an increase of 86% (this figure includes London and other regions Stagecoach operates services in across the UK). It will also be launching the first all-electric city bus networks in the UK in Inverness and Perth in 2023.

Also in 2023, Stagecoach is to start running ten new hydrogen buses in Liverpool in spring 2023, the first of its kind for the region, operated through a partnership between Stagecoach, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Arriva.

“We know there is still a lot of work to be done, but we’re pleased to have had a really good year of progress against our sustainability strategy” – Greg Ritt, Head of Sustainability for Stagecoach

Greg Ritt, Head of Sustainability for Stagecoach, said: “We know there is still a lot of work to be done, but we’re pleased to have had a really good year of progress against our sustainability strategy.

“Despite the challenging macro-economic environment, and the specific pressures that are being faced in the public transport sector, as the country’s biggest bus and coach operator, Stagecoach is continuing to play a leading role in decarbonising the sector and we are working hard towards our target to become a net zero business by 2050.

“Our services are critical to rebuilding the country’s economy and levelling up communities. As well as the steps we are taking to decarbonise our own business, it is equally as important for national and local government and transport operators to work together to maximise the benefits of the bus to meet the country’s aspirations of a net zero future.”

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