12 Oct 2018
First Glasgow this week launched its fleet of new eco-buses, with the promise of more to follow.
The city’s largest bus operator unveiled the first of these in George Square, in a fun event organised by creative brand agency MadeBrave, which saw the vehicle presented like a giant toy bus in a 20-foot high box - created by large format print specialists BD Print.
The first batch of new buses, which represents a £14 million investment in vehicles built by Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis Limited, immediately went into service on the 75 route from Castlemilk to Milton with more new buses to be launched onto other routes in the coming weeks and months.
All of the 75 new low-emission vehicles will enter into service in time for the new city-wide Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) coming into effect from December.
The double decker MMC 400 buses offer an improved customer experience with USB charging points, leather seating and free wifi, and are fitted with the latest Euro VI diesel particle filter and start/stop engine technology to offer a more eco-friendly journey.
First Glasgow managing director Andrew Jarvis said: “These new buses represent a significant investment for the city of Glasgow towards bus service improvements.
“These buses are just the start of wide-scale improvements we are making throughout the business to improve our services and provide a better standard for everyone in the city. I am proud to share these today with the people of Glasgow and hopefully even more people will now sample our new buses then see it as a real viable alternative to using the car.
“We are happy to say that this new investment means we will be fully compliant with phase one of the Glasgow Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) Traffic Regulation Condition. We now look forward to working in close partnership with Glasgow City Council to not only deliver the next phase of the process, but also to improve bus services and help make public transport more attractive to more people in Glasgow.”
Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction said: “Delivering cleaner air is a priority for our city and I’m delighted that Glasgow will have in place Scotland’s first Low Emission Zone by the end of the year. Glasgow’s LEZ will reduce harmful vehicle emissions and make our vibrant city centre a safer and more pleasant place to be.
“The bus industry has worked closely with the council to ensure delivery of the first phase of the LEZ and I was delighted to hear of the investment First Glasgow has made to its fleet in advance of its implementation. Partnership working is key and we’ll continue to work together to improve services which are vital to the lives of Glaswegians."
“Whilst the first phase of Glasgow’s LEZ applies to local service buses only, we’re committed to improving air quality and by the end of 2022, the strict exhaust emission standards required to enter Glasgow’s LEZ will apply to all vehicles.”
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “Bus services play an important part in our transport system and the Scottish Government is working in partnership with operators to improve the environment and air quality in our towns and cities with greener fleets. It is very encouraging to see the introduction of these new buses in Glasgow.
“We are providing support for operators, including First Glasgow, to push beyond normal diesel to greener technologies through the Green Bus Fund and Bus Services Operators Grant, ensuring that buses continue to keep Scotland moving while addressing air quality issues and climate change.”