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Optare’s Metrodecker EV is the vehicle of choice for the York Park & Ride service, which First operates under contract to the City Council. FIRST YORK

Shortly after First Bus announced its intention to operate an entirely zero-emissions fleet by 2035 back in July, Peter Jackson spoke to its Managing Director Giles Fearnley and Director of Strategy John Dowie to find out more about how it expects achieve its target

CBW: What has your focus been on recently, besides of course protecting passengers and staff on your buses from Covid-19?

Giles: The fact that we’re in these very strange times has dramatically accelerated the speed with which we’re bringing forward customer features which are particularly important for right now. One is Bookmybusride, another is Space Checker, which we’re planning to introduce across all our businesses within four weeks. These launches have also coincided with the 21 new electric double-deckers for the York Park & Ride network, so there’s been a lot going on in a short space of time. Our focus has been on doing all we can to make it easy for customers to use buses and to encourage them back.

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