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First Bus to invest £89m in zero-emission bus operations after DfT ‘ZEBRA 2’ funding success

  • £89 million investment in 178 zero-emission buses and infrastructure across four regions 
  • Worked with Local Authority Partners to secure £16 million of Government co-funding 
  • Operator will run more than 800 Zero Emission vehicles across 14 electrified depots in the UK  
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First Bus welcomes new generation of engineering apprentices with fun-filled week at Reaseheath College

  • First Bus welcomes 52 new apprentices across England, Scotland and Wales.  
  • English-based apprentices to be placed at purpose-built engineering facility at Reaseheath College.  
  • Apprentices enjoyed a fun-filled induction week of team-building activities and key skills tests. 
  • Reaseheath Facility that opened in 2021 offers a unique work experience-style environment to help apprentices adopt a workplace mindset while they learn.
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First Bus welcomes new Decarbonisation Programme Director

  • First Bus appoints new Decarbonisation Programme Director 
  • Faizan Ahmad joins from Amazon and brings wealth of experience in decarbonisation delivery 
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First Bus begin works to transform Norwich Roundtree Way to all-electric fleet depot

  • Works begin to convert Roundtree Way depot in Norwich into all-electric fleet depot. 
  • The depot will become one of three all-electric fleet depots in the UK, outside of London. 
  • 70 Brand New Wrightbus vehicles, 11 single deck and 59 double deck buses, to be delivered from Autumn 2023 through to March 2024.  
  • Over 60 tonnes of tailpipe emissions saved per bus every year. 
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First Bus purchase new site to create new ‘super bus depot’ in Portsmouth

  • First Bus have purchased the old Daily Mail processing centre in Portsmouth.
  • The new site will become a purpose built all-electric site fit to host their new electric bus fleet of the future.
  • The new depot will take up to 2-3 years to build and represents a significant investment and future commitment to bus services in Portsmouth.
  • First Bus will be launching 62 brand-new all-electric buses from April 2024 from its existing Hoeford depot site.
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‘Bus depot of the future’ launches in Leicester as one of the UK’s first fully electric depots outside of London

  • First Bus’ Leicester depot will join York and Norwich to become one of the UK’s first three fully electrified bus depots outside of London 
  • The ‘bus depot of the future’ sets a precedent for UK-wide road transport decarbonisation  
  • First Bus Leicester will have 86 new electric buses expected on public roads by March 2024 
  • This brings the total investment across all ZEBRA projects that First Bus is delivering to £92m, alongside ZEBRA funding of £66m.  
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UK’s first autonomous zero-emission bus service begins in Oxfordshire

  • Operating at Milton Park business, science and technology park in Oxfordshire
  • Electric 15-seater autonomous bus accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs
  • Ground-breaking technology in vehicle movement and world-first travel planning
First Bus York team unveil plans for all-electric depot with local councillor

York and Norwich set to become first all-electric bus depots outside of London after boosted ZEBRA funding

  • York and Norwich set to become the UK’s first bus depots outside of London to run fully electric fleets 
  • Four First Bus depots benefit from boosted joint investment in electric fleet 
  • First Bus to reach a total of over 600 zero emission buses across the UK by March 2024
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First Bus and partners welcome Roads Minister to launch UK's first all-electric autonomous bus service at Milton Park

  • UK’s first zero emission autonomous bus service to operate at Milton Park business, science and technology park in Oxfordshire 
  • Project to launch two zero emission single-decker autonomous buses which are fully accessible to wheelchair users and prams
  • Ground-breaking technology in vehicle movement and travel planning
  • The buses will have a safety driver on board at all times during operation and have completed its first test passenger journeys over the past two weeks
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Almost half of UK adults set to switch to bus as cost-of-living crisis begins to bite

  • 41% of UK adults are planning to use the bus more frequently in a bid to save money, as households feel the pinch of the cost-of-living crisis. 
  • London has seen the most increased bus use (60%) followed by Glasgow (47%), Leeds (45%) and Liverpool (43%).