The winners of the latest tranche of Scottish Green Bus Fund (SGBF) have been announced, which is to be spit between Lothian Buses, SWestrans, Stagecoach and Secure Airparks Edinburgh.
The bulk of the money – £1.5m – will go towards 20 single-deckers for Lothian. Asked to comment on speculation that 10 of them could be Van Hools, the firm said no decision had yet been made.
Stagecoach Bluebird will also benefit, receiving £311,243 for three of the buses, while Secure Airparks Edinburgh and SWestrans, the regional transport partnership covering the Dumfries and Galloway area, will each receive £96,288 for one ‘green’ bus.
It will take the total number in use to 95, following an initial investment when the SGBF was launched in 2010 which subsidised operators to purchase 70 of the ‘green’ vehicles.
Scotland’ Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “ADL has told us that, thanks to initiatives like the SGBF, its business is now established as one of Europe’s leading suppliers of low carbon hybrid-electric buses, supporting 900 jobs in Falkirk. In addition to the environmental benefits, this is an investment in the future of Scottish jobs and engineering.