Greenline electric buses
Electric buses will be introduced on the Park and Ride services on 24 May 2021. This significant change is part of the wider Greenline Electric Bus Project, aimed at improving air pollution, relieving congestion and improving accessibility on key bus routes.
Electric buses will be first introduced on the three Park and Ride services:
- Service 103: Meynells Gorse Park & Ride site
- Hinkley Rd, City Centre (St Nicholas Circle)
- Service 203: Enderby Park & Ride site
- Grove Park, Aylestone Rd, Leicester Royal Infirmary, DeMontfort University, City Centre (St Nicholas Circle)
- Service 303: Birstall Park & Ride site
- Abbey Lane/Space Centre, City Centre (Haymarket Bus Station)
The next funded stage of the Greenlines Bus Project sees the conversion of the Hospital Hopper to electric in Autumn 2021.
The final funded stage sees the introduction of a brand new electric free city centre shuttle in Autumn 2022, linking the bus and rail stations to all main central attractions.
It is also planned to seek funding to convert and improve the Circleline 40 service to electric in the near future in partnership with Centrebus
In addition there are plans to further develop existing and new Park & Ride electric services and sites across Leicester.
We may also look to go into partnership with bus operators to enhance other key bus services to emerging new developments, moving these to electric and giving them a full ‘tram’ makeover.
However, this will all require significant additional local and national funding which we are hopeful of securing over the next 2-3 years.
These are a network of services which are specifically focussed at journeys requiring connection - from park and ride sites, bus or railway stations.
They provide links to other services, enabling longer distance access for work, education, health and leisure purposes. By providing an alternative to car travel, they help relieve congestion and improve air pollution.
All these services require continued financial support to be sustainable. Investing in electric buses, helps reduce these ongoing costs.
All services on this network will have ‘tram-like’ features:
- fully electric – quiet, clean, smooth
- distinctive new branding
- on-board electric screens, free wifi and USB points at every seats
- Free Park and Ride sites – existing and new
- significant bus priority measures on roads and at junctions
- real-time arrival information at all stops
- digital ‘best fare’ capping
- new shelters
Over the next 18 months include significant bus priorities on Abbey Lane and Soar Valley Way are being implemented.
Two new park and ride sites at Beaumont Leys and General Hospital will complement the improvements to the Hospital Hopper service, within a partnership with the University Hospital Leicester and Centrebus.
All Greenlines routes will also receive new bus shelters and real time information displays along their whole routes, together with automated and discounted fare capping and signal priority for late running buses
There are currently promotional fares on the three Park & Ride services.
It is just £3 return for a family ticket and free at all times for concessionary bus pass holders and for health workers.
The overall cost of the electric buses for the first stage of the project is £7.1m. The vast majority these funds have come from our successful Transforming Cities Bid to the Department of Transport.
The other complementary works; bus priorities, real time display, digital ticketing etc – will cost a further £7m, funded from the same bid.
Future plans are subject to successful fund raising ideas, including the proposed Workplace Parking Levy.
The Greenline electric Park and Ride services are operated under contract to Leicester City and Leicestershire County Council by Roberts Travel Group.
The electric buses are supplied by Pelican Bus and Coach – a long established distributor of buses based near Leeds.
The buses are manufactured by Yutong, the worlds largest supplier of electric buses, with over 100,000 in operation. They have been operating in Europe for over five years and in the UK since 2017 with over 430 buses.
The electric buses will not run out of power whilst in service.
Each route requires less than 80% of stored battery energy to complete its full daily service. In operations, the bus will return to the depot if the charge reaches approximately 20%.
Alongside Roberts Travel Group, we have partnered with Zenobe Energy who ensure that the electricity used by the buses will be purchased through a green tariff. This will be from a supply with a renewable energy guarantee of origin certification (REGO).
All buses are low floor and compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The Yutong E12 electric buses ordered by us have a seating capacity of 39 seats and 30 standing – a similar capacity to the current buses.