Nottingham bio-gas bus named after iconic cricket commentator on day of test match at Trent Bridge

The Henry Blofeld OBE bus becomes the first bio-gas bus to be named.

A bus powered by biogas created from sewage has been named after an iconic cricket commentator.

A fleet of 53 buses costing around £17 million took to Nottinghamshire roads last week.

And one of them has been named after cricket commentating legend Henry Blofeld OBE on the first day of the second test match between England and South Africa at Trent Bridge.

Tens of thousands of fans from across the country are expected to attend the four-day match which started today (July 14) and is due to finish on Monday (July 17).

The test match with South Africa will be the last Mr Blofeld commentates on before he retires later this year after commentating for 45 years.

A presentation took place at Trent Bridge this morning ahead of the toss and Mr Blofeld had his picture taken with his self-named bus.

Henry Blofeld OBE had his picture taken with the bus outside Trent Bridge.

He is known for his unique style and regularly using the phrase “my dear old thing” during his Test Match Special commentaries for the BBC.

Mr Blofeld is also known for mentioning colourful buses passing Trent Bridge during test matches held at the Nottinghamshire ground.

Nottingham City Transport’s marketing manager Anthony Carver-Smith said: “Over the years, Henry has mentioned Nottingham City Transport’s buses going past the ground hundreds of times and we thought it would be a fitting gesture and tribute to thank him for that by naming one of our brand new gas buses after him.”

He added: “Whilst Henry may be retiring, his name will continue to be associated with Nottingham as we have our very own Henry Blofeld passing Trent Bridge cricket ground every day.”

The Henry Blofeld bus will be the 23rd Nottingham City Transport named bus, and the first named bio-gas bus.

Henry Blofeld OBE pictured in his self-named bus.

The  new bio-gas double decker vehicles are the most environmentally-friendly buses on the road.

They significantly reduce emissions, including 84 per cent less CO2, and support Nottingham’s aim to become the greenest city in the country.

Other buses have previously been named after local heroes, Olympians, Paralympians and an award-winning musician.

Operating on Green Line Six, the Henry Blofeld OBE bus will pass Trent Bridge cricket ground daily on its route between the city, West Bridgford and Edwalton.

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