First plans to stop buying diesel buses by December 2022

First Bus has committed to operate a zero-emission bus fleet in the UK by 2035, and plans to end purchases of new diesel buses in December 2022.

“We are focused on First Bus becoming a leader in the transition to a low-carbon future for public transportation,” says chief executive Matthew Gregory. “We look forward to working closely with our supply chain, industry partners and  the UK Government to ensure that our shared ambitions can be taken forward following the current crisis. 

“This builds on our investments in buses to help deliver local authorities’ air quality commitments over recent years. First Bus has sought to move to the forefront of the industry in terms of technology and customer experience, bringing to passengers a number of upgrades to our highly regarded passenger app, including becoming the first large operator to add the capability for customers to check in real time how full each bus is, and the availability of wheelchair spaces, helping them to make more informed travel decisions.”