Looking ahead in Leicester

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The first of 86 electric buses destined to electrify the entire First Leicester fleet was presented to stakeholders and the press on 21 March. JONATHAN WELCH

Jonathan Welch attended the recent launch of First Leicester’s new fleet of zero-emission buses

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for green bus events in Leicester, with Centrebus previewing its new Hop!-branded midibuses, and a week later First Bus joined the act with its equally green new Wrightbus GB Kite electric single-deckers, the first of which was presented to the press and Buses Minister Richard Holden at an event on 21 March.

The latest addition to Leicester’s green bus armoury is supported by new infrastructure at First’s Leicester depot, which will join its sites in York and Norwich among some of the UK’s first fully-electric depots. First Leicester expects to have 86 new electric buses expected on public roads by March 2024, bringing the operator’s total investment across all of ZEBRA projects delivering to £92m, alongside ZEBRA funding of £66m.


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