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UK Power Networks supports electric transformation of Norwich bus depot

UK Power Networks is installing new underground cables and equipment at a local substation in Norwich to support the city’s ambition to establish one of the first fully electric bus depots outside London.

The work at the Roundtree Way depot will enable bus operator First Bus to run 70 new electric buses, built by Wrightbus, in Norwich by the end of March next year.

Piers Marlow, managing director of First East of England, said, “The electrification of Roundtree Way is a critical part of the project. The electric buses will not only improve the journey experience for our customers, they will significantly reduce carbon emissions, each saving up to 60 tonnes per year, and will improve air quality for the city, creating a cleaner, greener environment for people to live, work and enjoy.”

Councillor Graham Plant, Norfolk County Council's cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “UK Power Networks’ essential upgrade work will support the rollout needed for 70 new electric buses between now and next March. Working with First Bus and UK Power Networks, this paves the way for us to become home to one of only three all-electric fleet depots in the UK outside London and is an amazing boost to our ambitions to run a net-zero transport system in Norfolk.

The project is part of UK Power Networks’ Green Recovery programme, which is investing £66 million across 85 sites, to fast-track low carbon energy projects that will help the UK achieve Net Zero by 2050.

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