Last reviewed 13 September 2021

Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has sold the first batch of its second-generation hydrogen platform double-deck buses, designed to be more energy efficient and to cover greater distances between refuelling, to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The 20 ADL Enviro400FCEV buses are being directly purchased through the Liverpool City Region’s Transforming Cities Fund and will be owned by the City Region. They will initially serve the busiest route, between St Helens and Liverpool city centre.

ADL Managing Director Paul Davies said: “Our next generation H2.0 platform builds on 25 years of experience in hydrogen fuel cell technology. Designed and built in Britain, these buses will help to secure skilled jobs and apprenticeships across the bus manufacturing industry which is hugely important as we continue the decarbonisation journey.”

The hydrogen bus project is a key part of Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s “Vision for Bus”, which commits to using the powers available through devolution to build a better, more reliable and affordable bus network for the Region.

Broader plans also include the building of hydrogen refuelling facilities, which will be the first of their kind in the North West, due to begin later in the year.

Mr Rotheram, who has set a target for the Liverpool City Region to become net zero carbon by 2040 at the latest, at least a decade before national targets, said that the hydrogen buses will be an important addition to the region’s existing fleet, which is already more than 70% low emissions.

Highlighting that 82% of all journeys on public transport in the region are taken by bus, he said: “Reforming our bus network is a massive part of my plan for an integrated London-style transport network that makes traveling around our region quick, cheap and reliable.”