Wednesday 18 January 2012

More Green Bus Funding

A second round of Scottish Green Bus Funding (SGBF), worth £2m, has been announced by Scottish Government Transport Minister Keith Brown, who said:
“Our recently published Government Economic Strategy, our Infrastructure Investment Plan, the Regeneration Strategy and our Cities Strategy collectively set out a package of actions to deliver on our overall Purpose and make Scotland a competitive 21st century economy.
“Part of these plans includes our commitment to Scotland’s ambitious climate change legislation and we are already leading the way in the development of low carbon transport technology.
Previous Scottish Green Bus Funding amounted to £4.4m, in which five operators introduced 48 new hybrid buses.
The five bus operators – Lothian Buses, First Glasgow, Colchri Ltd, Stagecoach East and Stagecoach Bluebird – received funding from the Scottish Green Bus fund resulting in a total of 48 new low carbon buses taking to Scotland’s roads.

Each of the new low carbon buses are expected to deliver an average CO2 reduction of around 21 tonnes per year and 300 tonnes over a 15 year life cycle.

Although the fund allowed operators free choice of bus manufacturer all orders were placed with Alexander Dennis Ltd.

David Gambles