Nottingham City Council is working with Nottingham City Transport (NCT) to make the city a greener place.

They have applied for a £6.5 million grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) low emission bus scheme to go along with a £19 million investment from the bus company.

This will go towards introducing 82 double decker gas buses to the fleet over three years from October 2016.

The aim is to lower emissions, reduce the city’s carbon footprint and improve air quality.

Senior Transport Officer for Nottingham City Council, Richard Wellings said: “Nottingham has been identified by the Department of Environment as having some air quality issues.

“This investment in gas buses will help address some of those.”

Video: Richard Wellings explaining about the new buses

Although the plan is to help the environment, Nottingham citizens should expect a better journey.

Anthony Carver-Smith, Nottingham City Transport Marketing Manager, said: “Our gas buses, will be quieter, smoother and of course cleaner.

“Every business has a responsibility to do what it can to protect the environment for future generations, so we’ll be supporting other local businesses to use gas by allowing third parties to use the gas filling station at our depot.”

“They’ll be ADL Scania buses, so they’ll be of the highest quality and using gas buses will enable our customers to reach the heart of the City on one of the cleanest modes of transport available.”

The buses are likely to be the first gas double deckers in the UK with Nottingham leading the way as an eco-friendly city.

By 2020 it is expected that the NCT will aim for every bus to have an environmentally friendly engine or to at least be gas powered.

This would mean it would be one of the lowest emission bus fleets in the UK.

Councillor Nick McDonald, the Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council said: “The City Council and Nottingham City Transport are very excited about this low carbon bus service proposal.

“It shows our combined ambition to deliver greener and cleaner transport from Nottingham.”

If the investment is approved the money will contribute towards the cost of the buses and the installation of gas fuelling facilities at NCT’s Parliament Street Garage.

OLEV will make the funding decision in January of next year with the plan for the first gas buses to be hitting Nottingham’s roads by the October.

Find out more about NCT’s gas-powered buses at www.nctx.co.uk/gasbus