Lothian Buses launched its £5m hybrid double decker fleet on Sunday (September 11).
The arrival of the 15 hybrids saw Edinburgh become the first city in Scotland to operate a fleet of this kind. Setting new standards for greener public transport in Scotland, the Enviro 400H diesel-electric buses, manufactured by Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis, run on the city’s route 10, from Western Harbour to Torphin.
The £5 million investment, including a £1 million contribution from the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund, is Scotland’s biggest single investment in green hybrid bus technology by a bus operator. Lothian Buses says this latest investment confirms its position as a category leader in public transport and its commitment to both Edinburgh residents and creating a greener capital.
Ian Craig, managing director of Lothian Buses, said: “As a company we are always looking for ways to offer greener and more sustainable travel. The new hybrid fleet is part of our continued commitment and investment to combat air pollution and to offer our passengers a low carbon public transport option.
“Our buses already deliver significant emissions savings. However, the new fleet is a lower carbon and lower-emission solution which will make a major and further contribution to reducing emissions in Edinburgh. Route 10 is one of our longer routes operating through two Local Air Quality Management Areas.”
Colin Robertson, CEO of Alexander Dennis, commented: “These vehicles bring cutting-edge technology to public transport and we are absolutely delighted the first all-hybrid, double deck fleet in the country will operate in our capital city. The specification demanded by Lothian Buses is second-to-none and Edinburgh passengers can look forward to a first class environment providing a cleaner, quieter and noticeably smoother ride.”
The low carbon buses bring certified fuel and CO2 emissions saving of over 30%. They introduce a new era of proven, reliable, greener buses designed to tackle head-on both local air pollution issues and help Scotland achieve its ambitious carbon reduction targets.