The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has approved plans to increase the number of electric buses on regional roads. The West Yorkshire Zero Emission bus programme includes charging facilities at depots and on routes and has three phases.
Phase 1 will see 111 electric buses enter Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield. The second phase would introduce an unknown number of electric buses to Calderdale and Kirklees, and the third intends to introduce a further 126 zero-emission buses across West Yorkshire, with the infrastructure to support them.
The Combined Authority estimates the scheme will reduce carbon emissions by between 12,000 and 17,000 tonnes per year.
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said the plan for more zero-emission buses was “a hugely positive step in our vital work to reduce carbon emissions and reach our net-zero target by 2038.”
The Councillors meeting in Leeds agreed to allocate £50m to the scheme, subject to final approval.
The Authority will work with bus operators through the Enhanced Partnership scheme corresponding to the West Yorkshire Zero Emission bus programme.
The statement left information on manufacturers to work with open, and the Authority has not yet set a date for tenders.
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