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Scotland to get more eco buses

Words: Laura Edgar
Transport minister Keith Brown

Scotland is set to see more low-carbon emission buses on its streets after a government contribution towards the cost.

The Scottish Government has allocated £3.7 million to buying another 83 low-carbon emission buses, taking the total to 209.

Nine bus operators have been awarded funding through the fifth round of the Scottish Green Bus Fund, including First Glasgow; First Scotland East; Lothian Buses and Orkney Islands Council.

The government says performance returns from bus operators confirm that buses purchased through the fund are delivering significant bus savings and reduced emissions.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: ”This fund is helping our bus industry invest in the latest emission-reducing technology and is another clear indication of our support and commitment to the bus industry in Scotland.

“The Scottish Government is committed to public transport and to our ambitious climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 42 per cent by 2020.”

Dave Alexander, regional managing director for First UK Bus in Scotland and North England, said: “This is welcome news for customers travelling with First Glasgow and First Scotland East. The Scottish Green Bus Fund is a fantastic initiative and will support our £7.8 million investment in 52 state-of-the-art green vehicles. We're especially pleased to welcome electric buses into our Scottish fleet for the first time.”