NCT 977, Mansfield Rd Nottingham, 13-08-2018
977 drops off with a service 57 from Arnold. I t carries the new standard spare livery, having previously carried Citylink Park & Ride colours.
It was while processing these shots, and this one in particular, that I began to wonder about the alleged pollution problem in the city centre and what is the real political agenda here. I grew up in the city, and from morning till night roads such as this, and Upper Parliament St, were solid with traffic. Now I know August is quieter, but the cars have gone (which is why buses are the biggest polluters - they are the biggest users!), and the buses are now far cleaner than the Atlanteans, Fleetlines and VRs of my youth.
Yes, buses pollute more than is necessary - but that is partly down the the city counci policy of funnelling buses into limited corridors and then allowing uncontrolled pedsetrain crossings, so buses have to stand idling and then floor it as soon as a gap appears. I cannot see however why there should be a pollution problem of the nature outlined - and reaffirmed as I was typing this by an article on ITV local news - certainly on a per person basis. Is the plan to get (commercial) fossil fuel powered public transport out of the city centre altogether and operate (controlled) tendered services with electric buses in the area? Because increasing the barriers to commercial operation, that could be the end result - and not one with which many politicians in the City Council (and possibly some officers) would be unhappy.
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