A new fleet of electric buses will proudly be bearing the names of the players who helped win the FA Cup for Leicester for the first time.
The 11 bright green, zero-emission buses that operate on the city’s park and ride routes have been named after the Leicester City players who started the match at Wembley in May – with the substitutes’ names due to appear on four additional electric buses later this year.
People catching a bus into Leicester from the park and ride sites at Meynell’s Gorse, Birstall or Enderby will find themselves travelling on a bus called Schmeichel, Vardy or even Tielemans – the scorer of the sublime goal that won the cup for Leicester.
The players’ names and numbers are prominently displayed beneath the windscreen of each bus, making them easy for people to spot.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “When we took delivery of our zero-emission electric buses earlier this year, we asked our followers on social media to come up with some names for them.
“One of the most popular suggestions was that we should name the buses after the players, if Leicester won the FA Cup.
“I am obviously delighted that Leicester did go on to win the FA Cup – and very pleased that the players were happy for their names to appear on Leicester’s first electric buses.
Leicester City legend and club ambassador Alan ‘The Birch’ Birchenall said: “Seeing how much winning the FA Cup meant to the people of Leicester has been incredible and it’s fantastic to see these new 100 percent electric buses proudly displaying the names of the lads on their way around the city.”
The cleaner, greener buses – powered by 100% renewable energy – were introduced in May to replace diesel vehicles on Leicester’s three park and ride routes.
The 11 buses are named as follows:
- Schmeichel; 3. Fofana; 4. Söyüncü; 6. Evans; 8. Tielemans; 9. Vardy; 14. Iheanacho; 17. Ayoze; 25. Ndidi; 27. Castagne; 33. Thomas
The Wembley substitutes – Albrighton, Maddison, Chowdhury and Morgan – will get their own buses in the autumn, when four more electric buses come into service.