Ultra-low emission vehicles arrive in Leeds
First Leeds, one of the city’s largest bus operators, has today (20 February) announced that its latest ultra-low emission vehicles have arrived in Leeds.
By 1st April 2018, 34 new ultra-low emission “Euro VI” vehicles will be seen along Headingley bus routes (1 and 6 services). All new vehicles will incorporate enhanced passenger facilities including next stop audio announcements, USB charging points and free Wi-Fi – as well as a new “LeedsCity” external branding.
The new vehicles form part of First Leeds’s commitment to invest £71m in 284 new ultra-low emission buses for Leeds by the end of 2020.
Speaking about the new vehicles, Martin Hirst, Commercial Director at First Leeds, said: “As one of the major bus operators in the city we understand the vital role we play in helping to find solutions to reduce air pollution and so we’re proud to announce the arrival of the latest ultra-low emission vehicles into Leeds.
“All of our new vehicles have Euro VI engines, which are not only compliant with the Leeds Clean Air Zone proposal, but also offer significant reductions in the most harmful pollutants, such as Nitrogen Oxide and are in fact 95 per cent cleaner than some of the vehicles that the new buses will replace.
“Customers will also notice a change in the colour of our new buses, which we have branded ‘LeedsCity’. Our aim with introducing a new livery for these vehicles is to help customers identify them, as they will all serve the high frequency Headingley bus services and are ultimately, the best vehicles that we have available, right now.”
First Leeds will launch the new vehicles along the 1 and 6 Headingley bus services from today, with all 34 vehicles expected to be in service by 1st April 2018.