Leeds commuters could soon get the chance to ride some of the world’s most environmentally friendly buses.
Regional decision-makers will next week discuss plans to bring new “Ultra-Low Emission Buses” (ULEB) to the Stourton Park and Ride site in east Leeds.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), a regional super-council which makes decisions on large infrastructure and transport projects, will discuss plans for the buses at a meeting next week.
A report by WYCA officers claims there will be “at least five” double-deck buses, which will remove 617 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, compared to a fleet of seven standard buses.
It states: “[The plans] support the ambitions of the combined authority’s emerging Clean Energy Strategy to become a resilient zero carbon energy economy by 2036. This prioritises
efficient and integrated transport through the deployment of cleaner transport technologies, including investment in zero-emission, low carbon bus technology.”
The total cost of the scheme is expected to be around £2.7m, of which £1.65m will come from WYCA.
If all goes to plan, a full business case is expected to be submitted for the plans in January 2020, while buses are expected to be in action in December 2020.