Eagle-eyed motorists and passers-by might have noticed a splash of green around National Express Dundee’s East Dock Street premises – the company’s brand new hybrid electric buses are brightening up the garage despite the persistent cold and wintry weather.
The bright green double deck buses have been delivered this week from Falkirk-based manufacturers Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL). £2.8 million has been invested in the hybrid fleet, with significant contributions made by the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund and Dundee City Council.
National Express Dundee is the only company receiving a grant from the second round of the Green Bus Fund to choose the Scottish firm ADL to fulfil its order.
Drivers and engineers are currently being trained on how to operate and service the new vehicles, which are a first for the company and the city of Dundee. The environmentally-friendly buses reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by over 30%, as well as offering reduced noise, improved passenger comfort and reduced maintenance costs. They will operate mainly on Service 5 between Ninewells and Broughty Ferry.
Hybrid buses have been a huge success story for ADL, the Scottish bus manufacturer. They are now the world’s biggest supplier of double deck hybrids and National Express Dundee has been glad to team up with the local suppliers for the delivery of this key contract.
Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of ADL commented: “We are delighted to be working with National Express on this initiative and to see even more of our low carbon, ultra-green buses being introduced in Scotland. Greener, low emission vehicles represent the future and - through forward-thinking companies like National Express - Scotland is certainly putting itself in the vanguard of this transport revolution.”
During a recent visit to ADL’s factory in Falkirk, National Express Dundee Managing Director Phil Smith said this was a real Scottish success story:
“Our order for nine hybrid electric buses is partially funded by the Scottish Government, as well as the local council, and is now being delivered by an extremely successful Scottish company, ADL, which has its global headquarters in Falkirk. This is a real positive boost for the Scottish and local economy, as our buses will provide an improved passenger experience, which will hopefully, in turn, generate more revenue.
“National Express has a long-established relationship with ADL and this move to greener buses in Dundee will hopefully strengthen that situation still further. So far, we have been very impressed with their product and I know our drivers are looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the new hybrids.”
Published 15th April 2013