First Bus ‘switch on’ region’s largest fleet of zero emission buses at Bramley depot

Kayleigh Ingham, Commercial Director of First Bus North & West Yorkshire, Andrew Cullen, Cllr Peter Carlill and Megan Hope, Operations Director of First Bus North & West Yorkshire switch on’ West Yorkshire’s largest fleet of zero emission buses. Photograph by Richard Walker/ImageNorth

First Bus is introducing the largest fleet of zero emission buses in West Yorkshire.

Directors today joined with senior officials from West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to ‘switch on’ the £29m electrification of the Bramley depot in West Leeds.

A fleet of 57 all-electric buses is beginning to appear on the network in Leeds and due to be completed by the end of March.

Andrew Cullen, Managing Director of the operator’s North and West Yorkshire business, said: “Today marks another major step in the First Bus strategy to expand more zero emission buses into communities in West Yorkshire and the country, as part of our mission to reach a zero emission UK bus fleet by 2035.

“This is the beginning of a new future for the Bramley depot and part of our green transport revolution in Leeds.

“We’re proud to unveil these latest zero emission buses and are confident they will appeal to our customers and attract more people to consider bus travel by realising the real impact this has in reducing congestion, creating cleaner air and supporting the wider West Yorkshire economy.”

A third of the Bramley depot fleet will be zero emission by the end of March, with each bus saving around 60 tonnes of carbon a year. Buses have already been seen operating on the number 4 and 14 routes.

Deputy Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee Cllr Peter Carlill (Lab, Calverley & Farsley), added: “Work to electrify the Bramley bus depot is a huge step forward for the Combined Authority’s vision of a green, zero emission bus system for West Yorkshire.

“Having more of these buses on our roads will benefit areas affected by low air quality, as well as helping us to achieve our target of becoming a net-zero carbon region by 2038. It will encourage more people to use public transport, creating a greener and better-connected West Yorkshire.”

The Heliox Rapid 150 kW (kilowatt) chargers installed are capable of fully charging a bus in 2.5 hours. The total of 32 single-decker GB Kite Electroliners has been delivered with the first of 25 StreetDeck Electroliner double-deckers arriving this week. The buses are manufactured by Wrightbus in Northern Ireland with features including audio visual next stop technology and USB charging points.

The £29m transformation of the depot has been achieved with £16.4m investment by First Bus and funding of £12.6m secured in partnership with WYCA from the Department for Transport’s Zebra funding scheme.

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  1. What’s happening with the 42 bus in Farnley? I often see groups of youths in black cloths and face covering hanging around at the bus stop terminus. I understand the buses don’t come up after 7pm? I wonder if the youths parents know or even care what their little darlings are upto?


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