Greener buses get test drive in Swansea
GREEN buses have been on Swansea roads, as transport bosses consider possible options for future services in the city.
First Cymru tried out two alternatively fuelled buses on the city streets; one fully electric bus and the other a hybrid diesel-electric vehicle.
Among the passengers were local councillors and council officers, MPs, AMs and representatives from the region's universities.
First group is about to put six fully electric vehicles on the run in York to test their performance, and borrowed one of the vehicles from firm Optare. And it borrowed one of the newest hybrid vehicles from its Berkshire business.
Both vehicles went on a test drive from First's Ravenhill depot, along Pentregethin Road, around Cwmbwrla Roundabout, up Carmarthen Road to Fforestfach and back to the depot, to see how they performed on both a dual carriage and steep inclines.
Simon Cursio, business performance director for First Cymru, said: "This event gave us an opportunity to talk openly about the new technology and cleaner fuelled vehicles that are currently on the market. Seeing them in the flesh and understanding how they coped with Welsh terrain did offer useful food for thought. We invited a number of key partners to the demonstration who all said they found it very useful."