First Bus to build ‘super depot’ for electric fleet in Portsmouth

Posted: 28 March 2023 | | No comments yet

First Bus is set to reinforce its commitment to a zero-emission future by building a purpose-built all-electric site in Portsmouth capable of hosting up to 90 new electric buses, with 62 green vehicles to be launched from its Hoeford depot from April 2024.

First Bus to build 'super depot' for electric fleet in Portsmouth

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First Bus has announced that it plans to build a new ‘super depot’ in Portsmouth after it has secured the purchase of the Daily Mail Group news centre. The purchase of the new site, which is opposite the company’s current Hilsea Depot, is part of an expansion to reinforce its commitment to the future of bus services in the local area.

The new depot will become a purpose-built electric bus depot of the future within two years, with the capability to run a fully electrified bus fleet of up to 90 vehicles. The new site is the next step in the company’s mission 2035 pledge to operate a fully zero-emission fleet and will be a huge leap forward for staff, customers and the local environment.

The construction of the new site will get underway in the next few months and will likely take around two to three years to fully complete, but the electric charging infrastructure for an all-electric bus fleet in the future.

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In addition, the company will also be launching 62 brand new all-electric buses from April 2024 from its existing Hoeford depot site.

First Bus South Managing Director Simon Goff said: “We are thrilled to have secured this new site and to share the good news with our customers and our colleagues. This will have a massive impact for the better on the daily working lives of our hard-working staff and we cannot wait to share the improvements with our customers as well. This represents a significant investment and future commitment to providing zero-emission bus services in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.”

Councillor Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Transportation, said: “We are delighted to hear the news that First will be creating their ‘super bus depot’ here in Portsmouth. This demonstrates a huge commitment to public transport in our city and will provide a home for the electric bus fleet, helping us to provide clean, zero-emission public transport across Portsmouth.”