Travelling by coach causes less pollution, per passenger kilometre, than the equivalent journey made by the same sized group of train or car passengers.
Travelling by coach also significantly reduces road congestion.
We take environmental issues very seriously.
All Redwing Coaches are equipped with the latest Euro V or Euro IV compliant engines.
The 'Euro' emission standards, issued in a series of European Union directives, define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of all new vehicles sold in European Union states.
Redwing's maintenance standards are exceptionally high, because we employ our own specialist team of mechanics working in well-equipped, purpose built garage facilities at our head office coach depot. This helps to ensure that our coaches are operating cleanly and efficiently at all times.
All our coaches are powered by Mercedes Benz engines, which use the DaimlerChrysler proprietary BlueTec® system to control emissions to within Euro standards.
BlueTec® diesel technology is based on the combination of highly efficient engines and emission control measures using SCR technology.
SCR stands for Selective Catalytic Reduction. SCR is a technology to reduce nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas.
The engine is optimised for low emissions of diesel particulates and a low fuel consumption. By adding a reducing agent, the pollutant nitrogen oxides produced during combustion are converted into the two harmless substances of nitrogen and water vapour within the SCR catalytic converter, which also has the effect of significantly lowering particulate emissions.
The reducing agent, called AdBlue®, is carried in an auxiliary tank connected to the catalytic converter unit.
In order to reduce pollution in London, all coaches operating in the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) must meet new regulations governing particle exhaust emissions set by Transport for London (TfL).
To comply with the LEZ standards, and therefore avoid paying a 'surcharge' when entering the zone, coaches must meet the Euro standards applicable at the time.
All Redwing's coaches are LEZ compliant.
A coach full of passengers takes up far less space on the road compared to the alternative scenario in which the same people travel by car.
Reduced road congestion allows average speeds to rise, which in turn allows engines to operate more efficiently, with reduced fuel consumption and reduced emissions.
Consider the example of a 49 seat Redwing coach travelling from London to a trade exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. The coach is 12m long, and we'll assume that when cruising at 105kph (65mph) the driver maintains a minimum 4 second separation behind the vehicle in front. The total length of road 'consumed' is 117m.
Now assume that the 49 coach passengers instead travel to Birmingham in 30 cars. Each car is 4.5m long. Each car travels at 112kph (70mph) and maintains a minimum 2 second separation behind the vehicle in front (as recommended by the Highway Code). The total length of road 'consumed' by the cars is 1,995m.
So travelling by car, our passengers would 'consume' a 2km stretch of motorway, compared to the 0.1km used by the coach.
It's clear from this example that travelling by coach can greatly contribute to reducing congestion on the roads. Parking requirements are similarly reduced.
Bus lanes can generally (but not always) be used by our coaches, thus reducing congestion even further.
It's clear that you can significantly reduce the environmental impact of your events or journeys by hiring a Redwing coach, rather than relying on numerous personal vehicles or taking the train.
Call our Sales Managers, Jenny Bonner and Leslie Okyne, on 020 7733 1124 if you have any questions about environmental issues.