First Buses have invested £71 million into low-emission buses for Leeds.
By Ellie Bagshaw and Elaine k
Nearly 300 ultra-low emission buses will be on the streets by 2020. Transport Councillor Richard Lewis says it is a positive investment for the city but not everyone is happy about the decision.
47 of the new buses are already on the roads in the city. By the end of next month, over a third of the new buses will be on the streets of Leeds.
The aim of the buses
The investment should encourage commuters to stop driving in the city and take the bus instead.
The buses will reduce carbon emissions in Leeds and improve air quality. There will also be less noise pollution.
The new buses have USB charging points, free WiFi and next stop audio announcements.
Paul Matthews, Managing director at First Buses, has said “improving air quality in Leeds is a huge priority”.
Leeds transport Councillor, Richard Lewis, says that the city will be “quieter” and “cleaner”.
“Roughly 400 people from Leeds die prematurely each year, this needs to change, the people of Leeds deserve the best ” – Richard Lewis
But not everybody supports the investment.
Jess M on Twitter is not convinced and believes that congestion in Leeds the main problem.
Do they not realize they need to fix Leeds’ massive traffic congestion problem before adding more buses, this isn’t going to help anything
— Jess M (@jess_mo99) December 10, 2018
First Buses receive complaints every day online. Rising bus fares and long delays are issues that many are unsatisfied with.
Phil, a retired engineer from Leeds, is a frequent user of First Buses. He isn’t convinced that the investment is a smart idea. He said ” It has come too late, humanity is killing itself”.