The supplier has been chosen to deliver the first vehicles of a new, zero-emission hydrogen bus fleet for the Liverpool City Region.
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) a UK based bus manufacturer was selected following a competitive tendering process.
The 20-strong, state-of-the-art fleet will be directly purchased through the Liverpool City Region’s Transforming Cities Fund, and, like the new trains for the Merseyrail network, will be owned by the people of St Helens and the city region.
The new, purpose-built buses will be part of a new generation of hydrogen vehicles from ADL, which are designed to be more energy efficient to cover greater distances between refuelling.
The buses will carry a range of special features for passengers including wireless phone charging and internet access. The vehicles will also have improved accessibility – with increased capacity for wheelchair users, and audio and visual announcements for next stops.
Cllr David Baines, Leader of St Helens Borough Council, says: “As the Leader of St Helens Council and also as the City Region portfolio holder for Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy, I really welcome this news and especially the fact that the 10A route will be the first in the region to benefit.
This is yet more evidence of our commitment to tackling the climate emergency, supporting investment in public transport, and fighting for investment in our borough at a regional level.”