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More eco-friendly buses for Strathclyde

Four bus operating companies running services in the SPT area are set to benefit from the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund.

SPT congratulates Colchri Ltd, First Glasgow, MacEwen’s Coach Services Ltd and Stagecoach Scotland West on their successful applications for funding.

These grants, worth a total of £2.5 million, will be used towards the purchase of 26 new green single and double decker buses. It is a grant condition that orders for new vehicles have to be placed by 31 March 2011.

The Scottish Green Bus Fund was created in July to speed up the introduction of low carbon vehicles to fleets. The Government has set an ambitious target of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.

To encourage companies to buy eco-friendly buses, the fund will cover up to 100% of the difference between a low carbon vehicle and the diesel equivalent.

It is a key element of SPT’s Regional Transport Strategy to improve the quality of bus service delivery in west central Scotland. SPT is working with member councils to help develop a range of statutory quality partnerships with bus operating companies to make transport greener and improve air quality through reduced emissions.

Pictured above is an example of the Enviro 400H double decker vehicle manufactured by Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis Ltd. This company is set to benefit from the Scottish Green Bus Fund as its dual aim is to support jobs in Scotland’s bus manufacturing industry.