The Leicester Bus Partnership has transformed public transportation in the region by offering accessible and affordable contactless ticketing, sustainable bus services and an enhanced website experience for passengers.
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First Bus plans to electrify its Leicester depot, with 86 electric buses set to hit the city's roads by March 2024, as part of its ZEBRA funding and net zero carbon emissions commitment.
In addition to improving active travel infrastructure across the city, the new funding will allow Leicester City Council to train staff in accessibility standards, so that the cycling and walking schemes are also inclusive of the more vulnerable communities.
Combined with the 36 ultra-low emission buses that are arriving into Arriva Leicester’s fleet in December 2022, the launch of these new electric double deckers will mean that half of the city's bus travel will be on electric vehicles by the end of 2023.
Leicester's new Orbital service is the UK’s longest electric circular bus route and has been designed to make public transport more accessible and convenient for residents and visitors across the city.
The new Leicester Buses Partnership will focus on key transport development projects, in order to combat congestion, offer affordable fares and provide better facilities for bus travellers in the city.
First Bus Leicester and First Bus Potteries, in partnership with Ticketer and Littlepay, recently announced the implementation of one of the largest Tap On/Tap Off (TOTO) schemes outside of London. Owen Hughes, Head of Retail Development at First Bus, discusses the scheme and its role in creating a seamless customer journey.
Santander Cycles Leicester is set to become the UK's largest docked e-bike sharing scheme with 500 bikes available from 50 locations.
Leicester’s £7.84 million grant is the result of the city council’s successful bid for a share of £60 million of DfT funding for schemes in 2019/20.
Cities and regions across the UK are bidding for a share of £1.2 billion of DfT funding for schemes that support the local economy and improve air quality.