With a new suggested offer to offer additional financing presented at the Combined Authority (CA) meeting, the Liverpool City Region’s planned hydrogen bus fleet might quadruple in size.
The projected hydrogen bus fleet might be expanded to 40 vehicles, allowing the city’s busiest route, the 10A between St Helens and Liverpool City Centre, to be fully serviced.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans to establish an integrated London-style transportation system include the introduction of new zero-emission hydrogen buses.
The additional hydrogen buses would be funded through a bid to the government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Area program (ZEBRA), which would cover up to 75% of the cost difference between the highly efficient hydrogen vehicles and a normal bus if approved.
The new buses will run on hydrogen fuel cells and will be a key component of Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s ‘Vision for Bus,’ which commits to using devolutionary powers to develop a better, more dependable, and affordable bus network.
The project’s broader plans include the development of hydrogen refueling facilities, which will be the first of their sort in the North West, with work on the facilities set to begin later this year.