First York delivers service upgrade
First York passengers on bus services 11 and 12 are set to benefit this month, with a bus upgrade providing improved travelling comfort together with lower engine emissions.
The service upgrade will be complete by mid-October with the introduction of eight five-year old ‘StreetLite’ single-deck vehicles that will replace older buses operating on service 11 (Ashley Park - York - Bishopthorpe) and service 12 (Monks Cross - York - Foxwood Lane).
The upgrade represents an investment of £800,000 and will provide customers with a superior interior, including leather seating and a lighter environment with more space for customers with pushchairs.
The newer buses are fitted with Euro V engine technology and will be upgraded to Euro VI to meet City of York Council's Clean Air Zone requirements, in partnership with the council and the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund.
This investment follows a positive change for customers last month on service 10 (Stamford Bridge – York – Poppleton), which saw new journeys added and the evening service taken on by First York commercially.This latest announcement comes in advance of a significant investment in York, by First York that will see 21 new electric double decker buses introduced later this year.
Marc Bichtemann (pictured on the right), Managing Director of First York, said: “We are committed to providing safe, punctual and reliable bus travel for the people of York, so it’s important that we continue to invest in our bus services. With the support of our partners including City of York Council, this investment will also reduce bus emissions on the corridor and support the Clean Air Zone requirements. I’m sure our customers and the local community will welcome these improvements and encourage more people to switch to using bus services.”
Councillor Andy D’Agorne (also pictured), City of York Council’s Executive Member for Transport, said: “We welcome this announcement from First York. Together with the introduction of 21 new electric double decker buses in York later this year, it’s another important step towards achieving our goal of creating a Clean Air Zone in the centre of York by reducing emissions and improving air quality.”