Thursday 14 November 2019

Bus fuelled by human waste hits the road in the UK

Britain's first
Britain's first "poo bus", which runs on human and household waste and is due to go into regular service later this month. Ben Birchall/PA Wire Newsdesk Newsdesk

A public bus fuelled by human excrement and household waste will hit the road in the UK later this month.

The bus will be powered by biomethane gas produced from the waste of more than 32000 households along a 15 mile route in Bristol.

Owned by bus company First West of England the bus can seat up to 40 people and plans are in place to operate four days every week.

The new route has been introduced on a trial basis in the hope that vehicles of its kind become common place on roads in the UK and throughout the world in the future.

First West of England managing director James Freeman said: ‘Since its original unveiling last year the Bio-Bus has generated worldwide attention and so it’s our great privilege to bring it to the city, to operate – quite rightly – on Service 2.

‘The Bio-Bus previously made an appearance running between Bath and Bristol Airport at the end of last year, but it’s only actually been used once before in the centre of Bristol itself.’

He added that seeing the bus running in a city ‘should help to open up a serious debate about how buses are best fuelled, and what is good for the environment’.

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