Transport minister welcomes latest Scottish Green Bus Funded-hybrids
Stagecoach East Scotland has welcomed its 10,000th passenger on board to its recently-launched fleet of seven hybrid buses on routes 20 and 21 which run between Edzell, Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Dundee. The 10,000th passenger was rewarded with four weeks' free local bus travel.
Humza Yousaf, minister for transport and the islands, visited the company last week to mark the support provided by the Scottish Green Bus Fund.
The recent £2.1million order included a £300,000 grant from the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Green Bus Fund has so far assisted with the purchase of 315 low carbon emission buses across Scotland for a number of bus operators. The fund supported the introduction of 18 hybrid buses for Angus in 2015, which are currently running on the Tayway 73 route between Dundee and Arbroath.
“I am pleased to be here today to see a further seven green buses introduced into the transport network in Angus,” said Yousaf. “Not only are these modern buses better for the environment but they provide a better experience for the passenger.
“This Government is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 42 per cent by 2020 and buses like these play an important part in that. We already have around 500 green buses in operation across Scotland.
“We have invested over £14.7 million through the Scottish Green Bus Fund which has helped bus operators purchase a range of low carbon emission vehicles.”
Jon Oakey, acting general manager, Stagecoach East Scotland added: " We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and the Scottish Green Bus Fund provides vital support with environmental projects to assist with these aims. These new vehicles have already been well received by the community and we're delighted to celebrate the investment today with Mr Yousaf.”
Stagecoach operations in Angus carry around 5 million passengers per year, employing 210 staff at a depot in Arbroath and outstation in Forfar.