Liverpool City Region unveils zero-emission hydrogen buses

Posted: 18 May 2023 | | No comments yet

Liverpool City Region takes a significant step towards achieving a London-style transport network, with the introduction of a fleet of hydrogen buses, signalling a cleaner, more reliable future for public transportation.

Liverpool City Region unveils zero-emission hydrogen buses

Credit: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Liverpool City Region has taken a major stride toward realising Mayor Steve Rotheram’s vision of a London-style transport network that is faster, cheaper, cleaner and more reliable. The region has unveiled its first fleet of publicly owned hydrogen buses, marking a significant milestone in the journey to decarbonise public transportation.

Consisting of 20 zero-emission buses, these state-of-the-art vehicles have been designed in consultation with the public, prioritising accessibility and incorporating cutting-edge features. Among the notable enhancements are increased space for wheelchair users and prams, audio-visual announcements with real-time information, USB phone charging ports and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Operating on the busy 10A route between St Helens and Liverpool city centre, the hydrogen buses are jointly operated by Arriva and Stagecoach. Commuters and residents along this route will now have the opportunity to experience the next generation of environmentally friendly transportation first-hand.

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Mayor Steve Rotheram has emphasised the importance of these zero-emission vehicles, which contribute significantly to the region’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2040, a decade earlier than the national government’s target. He highlighted that the introduction of the hydrogen buses is a significant step forward in the region’s commitment to delivering a top-tier bus network that caters to the needs of its residents.

Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “This is just a down payment on my ambitions for our region. Using the powers that devolution has given to us, last week [beginning 8 May] we launched a public consultation to give our residents a say on the future of our buses as we work towards reregulating our network – and I would encourage all our residents to make sure their voice is heard. Along with our new publicly owned £500 million battery powered trains, we’re putting the public back into public transport and building a 21st century London-style transport network that’s faster, cheaper, cleaner and more reliable – where no one is left behind.”