Leeds Park & Ride receives new Wrightbus hybrids

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Eight new hybrid electric buses have begun serving Leeds’ Elland Road and Temple Green Park & Ride sites, run by First Leeds.

From left to right: Cllr Richard Lewis, Martin Hirst, Commercial Director at First West Yorkshire and Cllr Eric Firth

The new Wrightbus StreetDeck double-deckers form part of the operator’s commitment to invest £71m in 284 new ultra-low emission buses by the end of 2020.

The HEV, Wrightbus’ latest parallel hybrid system, captures energy produced during braking which is then used to help the vehicle accelerate and to power its electrical and air systems.

According to First, recent trials showed a 34% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to a comparable Euro V diesel bus.

Speaking about the new vehicles, Martin Hirst, Commercial Director at First Leeds, said: “We’re proud to operate the Leeds City Centre Park & Ride services and we hope that today’s news will encourage even more people to use our successful Park & Ride network.

“Buses are key to tackling congestion and reducing emissions and in fact, a fully-loaded double decker bus can take 75 cars off the road.

“Alongside the introduction of new vehicles, we also offer cashless payment options.

“All First West Yorkshire vehicles now accept contactless payments, which is part of our aim to make paying for bus travel easier.

“We look forward to continuing to welcome customers on board our services and would like to encourage people who are continuing to drive into the city centre, to try using the Park & Ride sites.”

Mark Nodder, Chairman and CEO of Wrights Group added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with First Leeds and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority on this project.

“The StreetDeck HEV employs our newest and cleanest hybrid electric driveline, coupled with a very fuel-efficient Euro VI engine. This adds up to significantly reduced emissions and better air quality for Leeds.”