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Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain legend Rob
Burrow was further immortalised when his name was unveiled on the
side of a new hybrid-powered bus designed to be kinder to the local
To mark the introduction of new, diesel-electric hybrid buses on
services 7, 7A and 7S to Wigton Moor, Alwoodley and Shadwell,
pupils attending schools along the routes were invited to take part
in a competition to name the first six vehicles after local heroes
who have done good work for Leeds and have helped raise the profile
of the city.
Dominic Williams of Mill Field Primary school in Potternewton
put forward the name of Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain legend Rob
Burrow who, by coincidence, wears the number seven shirt for
Metro, First and Leeds City Council are now inviting members of
the public to name the remaining 16 buses. Suggestions - all of
whom should be Leeds local heroes, who have done good work for the
city and/or helped to raise its profile - should be emailed by
Wednesday 31 August to email@example.com.
Winning entries will be announced on Metro's web site during
September and October.
Over the last ten years, Rob has won four Super League Grand
Finals and two World Club Challenge medals during his record
breaking career with the Leeds Rhinos, and is currently marking his
testimonial year with the club.
"It's a strange honour to have a bus named after you but one I'm
very proud of," said Rob. "It's even more special as it has been
named during my testimonial year. After ten years at Leeds it shows
I must have done something right. I don't think any of the other
lads have ever had a bus named after them so it's a first for the
The other five buses have been named after Radio One's Chris
Moyles, Spice Girl Melanie Brown, Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis,
late fund raiser Jane Tomlinson and Leeds United legend Billy
"Leeds has a strong tradition of sporting success and
engineering innovations," said Metro Chairman Cllr James Lewis, "so
it's appropriate that Rob, as a local sporting legend, is being
celebrated by having one of the new fleet of diesel-electric hybrid
buses named after him.
"The guided busway used by these services provided improvements
in terms of journey times, reliability and comfort which are
reflected by higher passenger numbers along the routes. Since
April, Metro, First and Leeds City Council have been able to
provide passengers with quieter, more-comfortable, and cleaner
vehicles, better service frequencies, improved surroundings and
infrastructure, and enhanced information, which will help grow
passenger numbers even further."
Starting in April 2011, major improvements have been taking
place to bus services using the A61 guided bus-way on Scott Hall
Road, as a result of a partnership between Metro, First and Leeds
The improvements include the introduction of 22 brand-new
diesel-electric hybrid buses that produce 35% lower carbon
emissions, are kinder to the environment and are quieter than other
The silver double deck buses, which are powered by a combination
of diesel and batteries, provide an increase in capacity and will
be a major boost for the local environment. The introduction of
leather seats will provide increased comfort for passengers. Dubbed
the 'Seven Series',services 7, 7A and 7S provide a five-minute
frequency along common parts of the rout, including the Scott Hall
Road guided busway.
In preparation for the arrival of the new vehicles, which are
funded from a bid by First to the Department for Transport Green
Bus Fund, Metro and Leeds City Council have resurfaced sections of
the guideway, made shelter improvements and increased the number of