Stagecoach invested heavily in this development with a £2.1m investment, which was helped along by the Scottish Government who offered £300k towards the project which saw routes 20 and 21, re-installed with the new electric hybrid buses. They most recently welcomed their 10,000th passenger on board who received four weeks’ free local bus travel as a kind gesture from the bus operator.
SGBF (Scottish Green Bus Fund) has so far assisted with the purchase of 315 low carbon emission buses across the whole of Scotland including a number of different bus operators. They aim to support environmental projects and developments within the public transport industry.
Routes 20 and 21 run between Edzell, Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Dundee providing regular journeys into the city.
As well as low emissions, these vehicles are constructed to a high-specification with comfortable coach style “e-leather” seating, free wi-fi access and USB charging points
Jon Oakey, Acting General Manager, Stagecoach East Scotland says: “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and the Scottish Green Bus Fund (SGBF) provides vital support with environmental projects to assist with these aims.”
“We have invested over £14.7 million through SGBF, which has helped bus operators purchase a range of low carbon emission vehicles,” says Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands.