We have recently introduced three new buses to make our skylink fleet the cleanest it has ever been, with all 11 vehicles achieving the latest Euro VI standard for emissions.
The £525,000 additions mean the fleet that links Derby, Loughborough and Leicester to East Midlands Airport – will be purely Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses which emit less nitrogen dioxide than a new car.
With a full bus carrying 15 times more people than a full car – and many cars carrying only a driver at peak times – the buses will provide a cleaner transport choice for people who work at the airport or are flying in or out.
The buses are not only greener, they also come with more creature comforts than the vehicles leaving the current fleet. There will be fee WiFi and USB power at every seat, plus visual and audio next-stop announcements.
Alex Kerr, Kinchbus general manager, said: “We’re proud to operate the 24/7 skylink Derby service which runs up to every 20 minutes and enables workers access to the thousands of existing and new jobs at and near the airport.
“Eight Mercedes-Benz Citaro were launched on the route in 2014, but due to customer demand we increased the frequency and had to use three buses that didn’t have the same green credentials.
“This investment is a sign of our commitment to cleaner buses giving existing customers a great journey experience and also tempting car drivers to make the cleaner switch. These new buses are the cleanest diesel money can buy.”
The skylink fleet will achieve the Euro VI threshold being established for buses in cities including Derby and Leicester as they move towards creating Clean Air Zones.
Alex said: “Kinchbus is a locally owned independent company, meaning every decision we make is made by those with an interest in the well-being of the local community and the efficiency of the local transport system. We are doing what we can to improve the air we breathe in the communities we serve.”