First are allowing people to feast their eyes upon a new electric bus that they have designed ... with Rachel being one of the first passengers in West Yorkshire to have a ride!
First believe that the new branch of buses will deliver greater benefits that the older buses. First buses are determined to launch the new green-colored buses in Leeds and other big West Yorkshire cities along with new 'smartcard' tickets which are similar to those that are used in London. First are also keen to work with Public Sector partners to tackle the basic traffic problems by making changes to road layouts and traffic signals.
The company sent out one of the new double-deckers out into the streets as part of a campaign alerting people of the new proposals by First. The bus came to Bramley Shopping Center, home of Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves - this is where she met FirstGroup chief executive Tim O'Toole.
First's head of commercial, Paul Turner, said "We want to test the reaction of people across West Yorkshire to the measures we are proposing which we believe could radically transform public transport in West Yorkshire. Over the next few weeks we will be consulting with politicians, businesses and the public to gain their views."
First were also advertising their new smartphone application which allows bus users to book their bus ticket in advance and let them pay for it online to stop the awkward change fiddling when you go to pay for the ticket. In response to the trip Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves said "The new buses are an innovative design that is a lot quieter than the older buses, these new buses would be a huge asset to West Yorkshire and I would love to have them in my constituency."