New £2.5m eco-bus fleet goes into service in Bath

image captionThe new park-and-ride buses have got hybrid engines to save on fuel consumption

A fleet of eight new buses have come into service to serve Bath's two park-and-ride sites.

The double-decker buses have climate control, free wi-fi and hybrid electric-diesel engines to save fuel.

First's managing director Justin Davies said: "They will deliver more comfortable and more environmentally friendly journeys for our customers."

The launch coincides with all year round Sunday opening of the Odd Down and Landsdown park-and-ride sites.

Previously the sites would open on Sundays in the run-up to Christmas.

The buses work by generating battery power through a regenerative braking system.

£30m spending

When the brakes are used as the buses travel downhill towards the city centre from the park-and-ride sites, energy is created and captured by the engine.

This energy is then used to help power the bus.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has also begun a major upgrade of both park-and-ride sites by 50% to increase the total number of spaces to 2,860.

Work at Odd Down is set to be completed by Christmas and Lansdown by March 2013.

About £30m is being spent by the council, government and First to improve transport around the city.

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