First Leeds new fleet sees first deliveries

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First West Yorkshire is rolling-out 45 new vehicles across Leeds and Bradford after the operator confirmed it is investing over £10m in the West Yorkshire fleet this year.

The order features new 37 Wrightbus StreetDecks and eight Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC double-decker vehicles.

All the new buses are fitted with CCTV and feature E-leather seating and complementary on board WiFi.

The new buses are all Department for Transport Low Carbon Certified and are fitted with Euro 6 engines.

The first 12 new buses, all StreetDecks, are being introduced on the Old Farnley – Leeds – Fearnville 42 service, with 25 new buses being introduced on the Leeds – Bradford corridor by the end of July.

The remaining new buses will be introduced on the Leeds – Otley corridor later this year.

Paul Matthews, Managing Director of First West Yorkshire, said: “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 WiFi is pivotal to encouraging more people out of their cars.

“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.