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Transport firm First is celebrating a milestone achievement that will make life easier for bus passengers across Leeds.

All 400 of the operator’s city-based fleet of buses now boast low-floor, accessible design, it was announced today.

Keighley Bus Museum's Iain Simpson and First's Leeds business manager Bob Dorr.

Keighley Bus Museum's Iain Simpson and First's Leeds business manager Bob Dorr.

And, to mark the new era, First’s last ‘step-entrance’ Volvo Olympian double-decker has been donated to Keighley Bus Museum.

Bob Dorr, business manager for First in Leeds, said: “We’re delighted to announce that our customers can now enjoy low-floor, accessible services on every First Leeds bus across our network.

“With great value fares and an extensive network, the donation of our last step-entrance bus in Leeds now guarantees low-floor services providing better accessibility for all our customers across every First Leeds route.

“I’m sure this will help attract even more customers to use bus services in Leeds by providing a real alternative to the car.”

The improvements to First’s fleet have been made during a period of what it describes as “significant” vehicle investment.

Routes that have benefited most recently include the 49 (Bramley to Monkswood Gate via Eastgate and St James’s Hospital), where 18 low emission engine double-deckers were introduced late last year at a cost of £3.5m.

All of the firm’s buses in Leeds feature ramp facilities for wheelchair access as well as extra space that makes getting on and off less hassle for people with pushchairs.

Keighley Bus Museum’s company secretary, Iain Simpson, said: “I’m very grateful to First for donating the last step-entrance First Leeds bus to the museum.

“Due to the investment in new buses by First, customers in Leeds can take advantage of the accessible bus network and also visit our museum to see a range of buses that have made up the history of services across West Yorkshire.”