First Glasgow confirms plans to invest in 75 new ADL buses in 2019

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Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of First Scotland (left) and Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, with a new Enviro200

The new buses represent an investment of over £16m

First Glasgow has announced that it plans to invest in 75 new Euro VI and electric buses from ADL in 2019, after additional funding was granted from the Scottish Green Bus Fund.

The buses ordered are 53 Enviro400 MMCs, 10 Enviro400 MMC Citys and 12 Enviro200 MMCs.

A £400,000 investment from the Fund will supplement the £16.35m investment First Bus plans to make next year, following on from a £14m investment in 2018.

At an event hosted at ADL’s Falkirk factory, Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for First Scotland met with Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson to mark the latest award from the Scottish Green Bus Fund and to get an early look at some of the new buses on the production line. Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for First Glasgow, said: “We are committed to working with Glasgow City Council, Transport Scotland and the Cabinet Minister to improve the city’s bus services.

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, but I know that a lot more can be achieved with strong working partnerships as we look to make public transport a more attractive alternative to the car for more people.

“In addition to the 75 Glasgow vehicles, First Bus in Scotland will also be working with Scottish Power Energy Networks to introduce two electric vehicles to the city of Glasgow, as well as continuing to work with Aberdeen City Council on the next phase of Hydrogen bus deployment in Aberdeen.”

Keith Watson, Customer Development Director at ADL, stated: “We’re delighted to be partnering with First Glasgow to bring ultra-low emission Euro VI and electric vehicles to the streets of Scotland’s biggest city.

“These Enviro double and single deck vehicles not only respond to stringent environmental demands but also to passengers’ increasing expectations thanks to premium onboard specifications and features.

“We look forward to continuing to work with First Glasgow on their journey to improve air quality in and around the city.”