Glasgow is introducing new electric buses on one route to help reduce emissions. It is the first time such technology has been used on a commercial route in the city for sixty years.
The new electric buses will operate in Milton along the M3 route that runs between Cowcaddens Subway and Barmulloch. Stops include several in the city centre as well as Possil Bus Depot, Springburn Railway Station and Stobhill Hospital.
New Buses Funded by Green Economy Fund
There are just two new electric buses at the moment, though there are plans to introduce more. The buses will be operated by First Glasgow, the largest bus company serving the Greater Glasgow area in Scotland.
Funding for the buses has been supplied by SP Energy Networks’ Green Economy Fund of £20 million. The fund will also be used to install 22 electric vehicle charging points in First Glasgow’s Caledonia Depot. These charge points will enable more electric buses to be introduced into the fleet in the future.
First Glasgow say they have invested over £31 million in emissions reduction technology just in the last two years. They developed 150 ultra-low emission vehicles for the Greater Glasgow area. They also retrofitted another 49 older vehicles, which will help to meet their low emission targets.
Buses the ‘Best Choice in Reducing Impact’
First Glasgow’s Managing Director, Andrew Jarvis, said: “Every customer journey on the route will save around 2kg of CO2 compared with driving on your own in your car. This makes buses the best choice in reducing the impact on the planet. As a business, one of our main goals is to make buses part of the solution when it comes to improving air quality in the city.
“We have already invested £31 million in the last two years. By working with Glasgow City Council and Transport Scotland, we plan to make great strides forward in doing our bit to improve the city’s air quality and making Glasgow a cleaner and greener place to live and work.”
Scotland Acknowledges ‘Global Climate Emergency’
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Scotland was one of the first countries to acknowledge that we are facing a global climate emergency and we have legislated for the most ambitious carbon reduction target of any country in the world.
“A key part of our plans is encouraging greater use of public transport as well as phasing out fuel vehicles. It’s so great to see First Glasgow and SP Energy Networks playing their part in helping us to achieve our goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2045.”
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