Volvo/ADL hybrid double-decks order from Stagecoach East Scotland
Stagecoach has ordered seven Volvo/ADL hybrid double-decks for its Dundee and Angus bus fleet with delivery due next spring.
The new buses will be introduced to routes 20 and 21, which run between Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Dundee providing regular journeys for commuters, students and shoppers into the city as well as providing vital local links to Stracathro Hospital.
The Volvo B5LH hybrids will have ADL E400 MMC bodywork and come with high-back Lazzerini Evoke e-leather seating, free wi-fi access and USB charging points.
The order forms a £2.1m investment by Stagecoach, of which £300,000 will be supported by the Scottish Green Bus Fund provided by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Green Bus Fund has so far assisted with the purchase of 269 low carbon emission buses across Scotland, including 18 hybrid buses in 2015, which are currently running on the Tayway 73 route between Dundee and Arbroath.
"We're committed to improving public transport in Angus and Dundee and I am therefore delighted to announce our further investment in the fleet for this area,” says
Andrew Jarvis, managing director, Stagecoach East Scotland. "Our fleet in Dundee was the first public transport operator in Scotland and one of the first in the UK to be awarded five stars as part of the EcoStars fleet evaluation project. These new vehicles will complement our existing 18 electric-hybrid buses already in the area, helping reduce our environmental impact and hopefully encourage more customers to opt for our greener, smarter travel."