PLANS to install 14 electric-vehicle charging points at a Keighley bus depot have been approved.

Transdev, parent firm of Keighley Bus Company, has been given the go-ahead for the equipment – plus two electricity sub-stations – at its Chapel Lane site.

Last autumn, Transdev announced that it was investing in 15 new electric buses to convert one of its most popular routes to zero-emission operations.

The Shuttle service, which runs between Keighley and Bradford, is set to be transformed by the end of this year.

An order has been placed for Mercedes-Benz E-Citaro all-electric single-deck buses, after successful trials both on the Shuttle route and between Harrogate and Knaresborough.

In its charging points planning application to Bradford Council, Transdev said the proposal would provide sufficient capacity for the new fleet.

A council spokesperson said: "We welcome this positive investment in electric bus infrastructure and have no objection to the proposal."