Scottish Green Bus fund awards Glasgow over £1 million

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First Glasgow and Glasgow Airport have been awarded a total of £1.14m by the Scottish Green Bus Fund.

The fund, which has been awarded to encourage more low carbon emission buses onto Scotland’s roads, is the eighth round of the fund.

Previously the fund has been successful in providing over £16m, resulting in over 360 low carbon emission buses joining the Scottish fleet.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said:

“The Scottish Government committed to introducing Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities between 2018 and 2020. Glasgow is the first city to implement a zone, working with the bus industry to respond to the particular air quality challenges within Glasgow city centre.

“To help support this transition, we have provided over £10m in 2018 to assist with local authority delivery and the costs associated with bus retrofit technology, and this is addition to eight years of the Scottish Green Bus Fund which has been very successful in evolving and encouraging a greener fleet.

“I’m proud that we continue to spend nearly a quarter of a billion pounds a year in grants to support our bus network, retrofit older buses and help operators purchase new low emission vehicles.

“We are committed to continuing to support our vital bus sector which plays a key role in keeping Scotland moving while also continuing to be an important part of the solution to the issue of air quality.”