UK’s biggest natural gas filling station could open in Leeds after council backs £5million project

Leeds Civic Hall.
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Plans to create what could be the biggest natural gas filling station in the country in Leeds have been backed by Leeds City Council.

The local authority’s executive board supported plans to invest £1.58million into the £5m scheme on Wednesday. The project aims to create a station for vehicles that run off compressed natural gas.

If the project, through a partnership with Northern Gas Networks and £1m bid from OFGEM’s Network Innovation Competition, becomes a reality the council hopes to convert its bin lorry fleet to run on the low emission fuel.

Coun Mark Dobson, the council’s executive member for the environment, suggested that the station could be built in the Aire Valley Enterprise Zone in east Leeds and could spark a boom in the appetite for cleaner fuels. He said: “It really starts to put us on the right page to where we need to be.”

Leeds has trialled the use of five natural gas-fuelled bin lorries over recent months.

If the project is successful and a location is agreed, the station could open by mid 2017.