On February 14th 2014 the 17 new gas buses were unveiled to the public at the Sunderland Wheatsheaf depot. A few days later the fleet were out in service on the 16 and 20 routes, all in a new livery.
The chassis are Scania K270UB with Alexander Dennis E300NG bodies, powered by CNG fuel the buses are on all day service. Naturally they reduce the Co2 emissions for the city, with another 23 on order for delivery in 2014. Which makes Sunderland one of the largest operations of gas powered Vehicles, in close competition with Reading Transport in Berkshire, who use the same K270UB/ADL style vehicle.
On the 13th I visited Sunderland to photograph these new vehicles in what was a glorious day weather wise, and as it turned out, I managed to capture all 17 Gas buses. The Stagecoach drivers were very pleasant and happy for me to photograph their working vehicles. The livery stands out, and all the 28001-17 had reasonable good passenger loadings! The environmental credentials are made with a significant reduction of harmful Co2 gases, which allow for cleaner air, thus improving the quality for city folks. Stagecoach have also invested in new cleaner fleet of conventional ADL/E200s delivered during the latter part of 2013. Giving Sunderland a 60% fleet of one year old buses, which gives a high level of service and commitment to the area.
Here are my personal views on bus activity in my area and beyond