First Bus to Establish All-Electric Bus Depot in Norwich

First Bus has commenced work to transform its Norwich Roundtree Way site into a fully electric depot.

Once complete, the facility will house 70 new Wrightbus electric buses that will be delivered from Autumn 2023 to March 2024.

Norwich Electric Bus
The start of construction on the all-electric was celebrated on 13 July 2023

This project has been enabled by a 14.7 million GBP investment from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme.

Faizan Ahmad, Decarbonisation Delivery Director at First Bus UK, said:

“The beginning of the work to electrify our Roundtree Way depot in readiness for the arrival of the new electric fleet later this year is a major milestone on the journey to bringing zero-emissions vehicles to the Norwich network. We are proud to be working with trusted contractors and our Local Authority partners to deliver this programme.”

The new facility will become one of just three all-electric fleet depots in the UK outside of London. It will house 59 double-decker electric buses and 11 single-decker units.

With this deployment, over half of Norwich’s bus network operated by First Bus will be electric, with each vehicle saving up to 60 tonnes of tailpipe emissions per year.

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