11 Mar 2019
First Glasgow have launched twelve new ultra-low emission vehicles built by Alexander Dennis and costing a total of £1.9m for two popular local services – routes 242 and 254 – both of which provide links to Motherwell from surrounding areas such as Wishaw and Carfin.
Lanarkshire’s largest operator have invested over £30million in new ultra-low emission vehicles for Glasgow and the surrounding areas since October 2018. This highlights First Glasgow’s continuing commitment to improving the quality of offering to its customers while at the same time playing its role in improving air quality across the Lanarkshire network.
One of the new buses was unveiled to local customers at Fir Park Stadium last weekend ahead of the SPFL Premiership clash between Motherwell FC and Hamilton Academical.
A number of the First Glasgow team were on hand to give out goodie bags and information on services in the local area. Our new vehicles offer huge improvements for customers on board with free WIFI, USB charging points and comfortable high back seats, and with mobile phone mTickets and contactless payments making access easier than ever, there really has never been a better time to choose bus.
The 254 service runs every 10 minutes during the daytime from Newarthill through Carfin and Jerviston to Motherwell, while the 242 service runs every 20 minutes during the daytime via Pather, Wishaw, Craigneuk, Motherwell and New Stevenson to Holytown. Both services are ideal for fans of the Well travelling to Fir Park on matchdays and remove the hassle of parking, with great value tickets on offer such as the North Lanarkshire FirstDay from only £3.50 through our M-tickets app.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for First Glasgow, adds: “We are committed to working with partners such as Motherwell Football Club and North Lanarkshire Council to provide transport solutions for their already busy sites and bustling car parks. Hopefully with the improvements we are making to the area’s bus services, local residents and football fans alike, will now see the bus as a real alternative to taking the car. The bus is very much part of the solution when it comes to reducing emissions on our already congested roads as one full low emission bus can take up to 75 cars off the road.
“By deploying our new Euro VI technology vehicles that offer more comfort and are eco-friendlier we are headed in the right direction, as we look to make public transport a more attractive alternative to the car for more people and hopefully the people of Lanarkshire will see a big benefit from using these services. There really has never been a better time to take the bus.”
Pictured: First Glasgow Managing Director, Andrew Jarvis, launches new buses at Fir Park.