Stagecoach is investing more than £600,000 in five state-of-the-art electric vehicles for its bus operations in Inverness, with additional funding coming from the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund.
Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown has announced that the
Scottish Government is to invest a further £477,000 from its Green Bus
Fund in the new Stagecoach buses.
- Inverness – Raigmore
- Inverness – Lochardil
- Inverness – South Kessock
The new vehicles – which will be the first electric vehicles operated
by Stagecoach - will be manufactured by Optare and will
be built at the company’s factory in Leeds. They will go into service
Five charging points will be installed at Stagecoach’s Inverness
depot where vehicles will be charged overnight. The Highlands and
Islands Transport Partnership HITRANS is partly funding the
installation of a further charging point at Inverness Bus Station to
allow the buses to receive a top-up charge during the day.
Stagecoach North Scotland Managing Director Steve Walker said: “We’re
pleased to be ordering these new vehicles, with support from the
Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund, for our customers.
“Our buses play a vital role in keeping communities connected across
the north of Scotland and we are committed to investing in cleaner,
greener vehicles for our passengers. Sustainability is at the heart of
our business – we are reducing our own carbon footprint as a company and
will continue to encourage more people to try our greener, smarter bus
Announcing the funding award, Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown
said: "This fund is helping our bus industry invest in the latest
emission reducing technology and is another clear indication of our
support and commitment to the bus industry in Scotland.
"The Scottish Government is committed to public transport and to our
ambitious climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by
Ranald Robertson, Partnership Director, HITRANS added: "The
introduction of these new carbon free buses in Inverness is great news
for the city. HITRANS is pleased to have supported Stagecoach on this
project with a contribution towards the recharging infrastructure and we
really look forward to seeing these new vehicles entering service where
we are sure they will be welcomed by passengers."
Stagecoach is a leading investor in cleaner, greener vehicles that
run on alternative fuel.
In 2010, Stagecoach Group launched Revolution in the Way We Travel, a
five-year plan to reduce further the carbon emissions from its
transport operations in the UK and North America. The strategy has been
supported by an £11million green investment programme. Employee
initiatives and eco teams set up by staff have also helped drive
dramatic improvements in energy and carbon efficiency.
The Group has delivered its targets 12 months ahead of schedule, and
has cut its carbon intensity by 30% in the past five years. It has also
achieved an overall absolute reduction of 8% in carbon emissions from
buildings and a cut of 3% in annual carbon emissions per vehicle mile
from fleet transport.
To maintain the momentum of the Group’s programme, work is now
underway to develop a new five-year strategy. This will include
identifying further cost-effective energy-saving opportunities,
continuing investment to make the business greener, and setting new
targets around carbon reduction, water consumption and waste recycling
Last year, figures compiled as part of the Government’s Carbon
Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme showed that
Stagecoach Group is among the top 10% of large companies in the UK for
its performance in reducing the carbon emissions from its business.
Every year, Stagecoach reports on its carbon emissions through its corporate website, www.stagecoach.com.
It also provides information on its global carbon footprint to the
Carbon Disclosure Project, the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas