These are the state-of-the-art, zero-emission hydrogen buses set to hit the roads of the Liverpool City Region.
The new 20-strong 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 the city region.
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) a UK based bus manufacturer has been selected to deliver the vehicles to the region following a competitive tendering process.
The new, purpose-built buses will be part of a new generation of hydrogen vehicles from ADL, 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.
It is planned the buses will initially serve the region's busiest route - the 10A between St Helens and Liverpool city centre, jointly operated by Arriva and Stagecoach.
Subject to final agreement of project plan the first vehicles could be delivered as soon as 2022.