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Liverpool region starts operating first hydrogen buses

by Liam Turner
A CGI rendering of Liverpool's new hydrogen bus

The Liverpool City Region has started operating the first of its new hydrogen-fuelled buses.

The publicly owned zero-emission vehicles will operate on the 10A route between St Helens, Knowsley, and Liverpool city centre.

Twenty hydrogen buses are expected to be in operation.

‘Quick, cheap, and reliable’

Speaking about the new buses last year, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “Our new zero-emission hydrogen buses will not only give passengers a clean, green, and comfortable way to get about, but they will also act as the trailblazer in our city region’s journey to develop one of the country’s healthiest public transport networks.

“Just like our new trains, these buses have been designed and built for the needs of people in our region in mind and will be publicly owned, too.

“Reforming our bus network a key part of my plan for an integrated London-style transport network that makes traveling around our region quick, cheap, and reliable.”

The buses are part of a plan for Liverpool City Region to become net-zero carbon by 2040.

The buses feature phone chargers, reading lights, and internet access.

The vehicles also have increased capacity for wheelchair users and passengers with prams or buggies and feature audio and visual announcements for upcoming stops.

Earlier this year, the region launched a new £500m fleet of publicly owned trains, including several that are battery operated, on the Merseyrail network.

Image credit: Liverpool City Region

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