Bus helps Leeds residents catch the web bug

Luiza Shojaee on the digital bus in Meanwood.

Luiza Shojaee on the digital bus in Meanwood.

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An innovative scheme backed by bus firm First is putting people in Leeds on the road to improved internet access.

The HUGO project – a partnership between First and Leeds Federated Housing – has seen a single-decker bus equipped with computers and a free WiFi service.

It is heading into communities across Leeds and parking up for hours at a time, giving local residents the chance to use the computers.

The bus also has a WiFi range of 50 to 80 metres, which means people living in close proximity to the visit site can take advantage of the service in their own homes.

Stonegate Approach in Meanwood was chosen for a visit from the vehicle on Wednesday.

Sue Jennings, community development manager at Leeds Federated, said: “With so many vital services moving online, people without digital skills are greatly disadvantaged and the HUGO project aims to show people why the internet is fun, and how useful it can be in their everyday lives.”

Bob Dorr, business manager for First in Leeds, said: “We’re delighted to work in partnership with Leeds Federated Housing to bring free WiFi to communities in Leeds.

“Our bus network connects communities across Leeds and the HUGO project is an important project that helps connect people online.”

Leeds Federated staff members will be on board the bus giving support and advice to users when it makes a stop.

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