Big names are set to go on the buses in Leeds

Leeds City Council's Coun Richard Lewis, First West Yorkshire's Paul Turner and the WYCA's Coun Keith Wakefield.
Leeds City Council's Coun Richard Lewis, First West Yorkshire's Paul Turner and the WYCA's Coun Keith Wakefield.
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Transport chiefs are asking Yorkshire Evening Post readers to play their part in a moving tribute to the great and good of Leeds.

Bus firm First is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Scott Hall Road guided busway by naming 11 double-deckers after deserving Loiners and it wants people to nominate who they think should be picked for the honour.

Another 11 of the environmentally-friendly diesel-electric hybrid buses that use the route have already been named after local heroes such as Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn and the late fundraiser Jane Tomlinson.

Paul Turner, head of commercial for First in West Yorkshire, said: “Our bus services play an important role in connecting communities and when we introduced the 22 low emission hybrid buses we named 11 of them after Leeds icons.

“As part of our repaint programme to put our low emission hybrid buses into a fresh new livery, we’re now looking for suggestions to name the remaining 11.

“We’d love to hear from Yorkshire Evening Post readers via our Twitter @FirstWestYorks #nameabus to celebrate the key individuals and organisations who’ve helped make Leeds the great city it is.”

Opened in four sections from 1995, the traffic queue-busting Scott Hall Road scheme was a groundbreaking partnership between Leeds City Council, First Bus predecessor Yorkshire Rider and Metro, now part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA).

Today the number 7 services on the route are responsible for more than 45,000 customer journeys per week between Leeds and the Alwoodley and Shadwell areas.

Speaking at a celebration event held at the scheme’s King Lane park and ride site, WYCA transport committee chairman Coun Keith Wakefield said: “Good integrated transport underpins our economy and growth.

“Buses are vital to connecting people with opportunities in education, training and jobs as well as local services and leisure activities.”

Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, Coun Richard Lewis, said: “It is very pleasing to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of this guided bus scheme in Leeds which helps local people commute every day.

“We are very keen to continue working with bus operators to develop new ideas and innovations to offer the best possible bus service for the city as part of our future vision for an integrated transport network which is effective, reliable and environmentally-friendly.”