First says goodbye to diesel in York

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The diesel tank was craned out in June. FIRST BUS

First’s depot in York has made history for the company with the removal of its diesel refuelling tank following its conversion to an all-electric depot, the first in its Yorkshire operations to run an entirely electric fleet. First Bus and its predecessors have had a presence in the city since 1932, and moved to the current James Street site around 30 years ago.

Weighing 10 tonnes and the size of a typical Portakabin, the tank held 44,000 litres of fuel, enough to last the depot seven days. Diesel deliveries were being made twice a week to the site.

Kayleigh Ingham, Commercial Director of First North & West Yorkshire, said: “We’re making history with the removal of our diesel refuelling tank. This is now the first bus depot in Yorkshire to operate its fleet entirely using electric charging. We are leading a greener transport revolution in York and the wider region.”

First York now has a fleet of 86 zero-emission buses, which it says are saving close to 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. The removal of the fuel tank is the latest step in a £23m transformation of the depot, achieved with a combination of a £13m investment by First Bus and government co-funding of £10.2m secured by City of York Council.

“This depot is at the forefront of First Bus’ strategy to have a zero-emission fleet nationally by 2035,” added Kayleigh. “EVs can attract more people to consider bus travel by realising the real impact this has in creating cleaner air and enjoying a much smoother, quieter ride.”