Ul­tra-low emis­sion buses get green light

Bet­ter travel on fleet

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clare Haughey - Niki Ten­nant

Bus com­pany First Glas­gow dis­played its new sta­teof-the-art ve­hi­cle at Tesco Extra in Ruther­glen last week and an­nounced over £4 mil­lion of in­vest­ment in an ul­tra-low emis­sion fleet for South La­nark­shire.

Twenty-one ul­tra-low emis­sion dou­ble decker buses, which are part-funded by the lat­est round of Trans­port Scot­land’s green bus fund, will of­fer cus­tomers an im­proved travel ex­pe­ri­ence.

The new buses, the first of which were un­veiled in Ruther­glen, will be used on ser­vice 18, which op­er­ates be­tween Glas­gow and East Kil­bride via Bridgeton, Dal­marnock, Ruther­glen, Burn­side and Cathkin.

Graeme Mac­far­lan, com­mer­cial di­rec­tor for First Bus, said: “Th­ese new buses rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment of over £4 mil­lion in our ser­vice 18 route.

“Each ve­hi­cle comes with com­fort­able leather seat­ing, USB charg­ing sock­ets and free wi-fi, how­ever most im­por­tantly, they’re fit­ted with the very lat­est ul­tralow emis­sion tech­nol­ogy, mak­ing them cleaner to run and kinder to the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We hope that our in­vest­ment will de­light our reg­u­lar cus­tomers, as well as at­tract­ing new cus­tomers who may now see this as the per­fect time to give bus a try.”

The roll-out was wel­comed by MSP Clare Haughey.

She said: “It was great to see the ser­vice 18 new ve­hi­cles on dis­play re­cently at Tesco Ruther­glen. I was im­pressed, as were many of the Tesco shop­pers who also climbed on board to view the bus, with the new com­fort­able seat­ing, free WiFi and phone charg­ing points, I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing them out in ser­vice.

“This is a ma­jor in­vest­ment by FirstBus, which will pro­vide 21 brand-new, low emis­sion buses on this key route be­tween Glas­gow city cen­tre and East Kil­bride, via Ruther­glen and Burn­side.”

On board Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey with First Bus com­mer­cial di­rec­tor Graeme Mac­far­lan

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