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Gas buses

Stagecoach gas buses - creating a cleaner, greener future

Our gas buses use biomethane gas as a source of fuel. They are part of Stagecoach’s continuing investment into a cleaner, greener environment. They’re smoother, more comfortable and quieter too.


Our gas buses

In 2013, Sunderland launched our first fleet of gas buses. These gas buses are operating on services right now! Look out for them on routes 3, 13, 16 and 20. 

The initial investment of £4 million was part funded by the Department of Transport’s Green Bus Fund. Stagecoach invested £2.5 million into new buses and over a million pounds on changing the infrastructure of our Sunderland depot – including a gas plant for the fuel supply.

There are now forty gas buses running in Sunderland and a total of £8 million has been invested into this project. 

Our new biomethane gas buses in Wearside are Scania/ADL Enviro 300 single-deckers and are fitted with free Wi-Fi*

Download timetables for our Sunderland gas buses on:


Why passengers love our gas buses

Following the successful introduction of the fleet of gas buses, Stagecoach North East has surveyed members of the public who use local buses. 

Of the passengers who responded to the survey:

  • 92% preferred greener buses
  • 93% said that the gas bus offered a ‘smoother, more comfortable ride’
  • 94% agreed that the bus was ‘quieter, with much less engine noise’