Very soon we are launching the first of our fleet of hybrid buses in Leeds.
With the Government's Green Bus funding we have placed orders for hybrid buses in two batches for Leeds and the first will enter service soon.
Today we have been making some decisions regarding the finer details of the vehicles including livery and other features. We did this working with the first vehicle, 39201 which is already at Hunslett Park depot Leeds.
What you see here is the base livery and prototype swooshes in place but before application of the skirt colours and most of the other livery details. When they enter service they will also have advertising outside and in promoting their green credentials.
This is, therefore, an early look at these high-quality vehicles which also feature leather seats, a revised interior scheme and will also include various other passenger-enhancing features which have recently been trialled in the North region.
In addition these vehicles are helping us make some further decisions over the layout and attributes of our forthcoming orders for new buses which will encompass those required for the Olympic Games. These details will also follow shortly.
These are exciting times as we raise the standard for buses - and many of these features will surely be commonplace in the future.