Heading in the right direction! Bus firm spends £10m on new vehicles for Leeds

First's Leeds business manager Will Pearson with one of the new double deckers.
First's Leeds business manager Will Pearson with one of the new double deckers.
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Dozens of new buses are hitting the streets of Leeds in a £10m-plus investment by the First West Yorkshire transport firm.

A total of 45 double deckers are being gradually rolled out on key routes across the city, the operator announced today.

An initial 12 buses have already been introduced on the number 42 route (Old Farnley-Leeds-Fearnville).

Another 25 are due to be pressed into service on the Leeds-Bradford corridor by the end of this month.

And the remainder of the fleet is scheduled to start running on the Leeds-Otley corridor later this year.

The new buses are all fitted with eco-friendly engines and will offer passengers what First is describing as “luxury” seating as well as complimentary on-board Wi-Fi.

First West Yorkshire managing director Paul Matthews said: “This is great news for our customers with an investment of over £10m in state-of-the-art services.

“Ensuring that our customers travel in modern, comfortable, low-emission vehicles which provide added value such as free Wi-Fi is pivotal to encouraging more people out of their cars.”

He added: “Our new buses are amongst the most eco-friendly on the market and reflect our commitment to working with our partners to reduce emissions and improve air quality for the wider environment.”

First’s investment in West Yorkshire forms part of an overall order for 305 new vehicles worth £70m by FirstGroup’s UK bus division that will be delivered during the current financial year.

News of the outlay follows two days of strike action over pay last month by drivers and other staff at the firm’s depots at Bramley and Hunslet Park.

First, the biggest bus company in Leeds, was only able to run about 20 per cent of its normal timetable during the walkouts.