West Yorkshire to receive 45 new buses thanks to £10m investment
5 July 2016 • Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
First Bus has confirmed it will roll out 45 new double deck buses across West Yorkshire thanks to a £10 million investment.
New West Yorkshire fleet to feature complementary on board Wi-Fi
All new buses will be fitted with CCTV and feature luxury e-leather seating with complementary on board Wi-Fi providing free internet access for passengers. This investment is an extension to initiatives already introduced including smart ticketing options and Real Time Information. Customers are also able to use their mobile phones as a bus tickets through the company’s m-Ticket option.
The new buses, which are manufactured by WrightBus in Northern Ireland and Alexander Dennis in Scotland, are Department for Transport ‘low carbon certified’. The 45 new vehicles are fitted with the latest Euro VI engines, which produce 95 percent less oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions compared to buses with Euro V engines, helping to improve air quality across the region.
The first twelve new buses are currently being introduced on the Old Farnley – Leeds – Fearnville 42 service with twenty-five new buses being introduced on the Leeds – Bradford corridor by the end of the this month. The remaining new buses will be introduced on the Leeds – Otley corridor later this year.
“Modern, comfortable, low emission vehicles which provide added value such as free Wi-Fi is pivotal to encouraging more people out of their cars”
Paul Matthews, Managing Director of First West Yorkshire believes the order will help encourage more customers across the region to use the bus: “This is great news for our customers with an investment of over £10m in state-of-the-art bus services. Ensuring that our customers travel in modern, comfortable, low emission vehicles which provide added value such as free Wi-Fi is pivotal to encouraging more people out of their cars.”
He added: “Our new buses are amongst the most eco-friendly on the market and reflect our commitment to working with our partners to reduce emissions and improve air quality for the wider environment.”
The investment in West Yorkshire forms part of an overall order by FirstGroup’s UK bus division of 305 new vehicles worth £70m for delivery in the current financial year.