Mayors visit Yorkshire electric bus factory

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, was joined by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, on a visit to Switch Mobility

The Mayors of West Yorkshire and London visited electric bus manufacturer Switch Mobility, based in Sherburn-in-Elmet.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “I’m delighted that Yorkshire is at the forefront of developing the cutting-edge technology that we need to ensure a green recovery as we emerge from the COVID pandemic.

"I’m also proud that Yorkshire contributes towards London’s success, and that our businesses and skilled workforce are being showcased on the world stage. Not only does this present a real opportunity in terms of creating jobs, developing skills and boosting the local and wider economy, it will also help to decarbonise the bus network and improve air quality.

"This is being developed on our doorstep, and I hope this continues to make the case that Yorkshire is a world leader, exporting the technology and knowledge we need to collectively tackle the climate emergency."

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “When I was signed-in for my second term I pledged to build bridges between London and the rest of our country and to showcase how London can help the national recovery and the levelling up agenda.

“This Yorkshire factory, which is manufacturing state-of-the-art electric buses for London, shows how investment in our capital can help create quality green jobs across the country.

“Too often, the need to ‘level-up’ cities and regions across the UK is wrongly presented as a need to ‘level down’ other parts of the country, such as London – but that is in nobody’s interest. When London succeeds, the UK succeeds and vice versa. London is ready and willing to play its part in ensuring a strong and green national recovery from this terrible pandemic.”