Transport Minister welcomes Dundee’s ‘green’ buses

Local bus firm National Express Dundee's investment also flies flag for Scottish manufacturing.

Scotland's Transport Minister Keith Brown has today praised National Express Dundee's investment in eco-friendly Scottish buses for the city.

The state of the art vehicles were partially funded by a grant from the Scottish Government's Green Bus fund 2, along with a significant contribution from Dundee City Council. National Express Dundee is the only recipient of this round of funding to have chosen Scottish manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd to provide its new vehicles.

The bus operator's hybrid fleet has been on the road for around two months, and the bright green double deckers are already proving popular with customers and drivers.

During a visit to the bus operator's garage in East Dock Street today (Monday 15th July) Mr Brown toured the premises and took a closer look at one of the hybrid vehicles.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "I am delighted to be in Dundee today to view one of National Express Dundee's nine new low carbon emission Hybrid double deck buses which were recently introduced on the city's bus routes.

These ground-breaking buses, which were part funded by our Scottish Green Bus fund, use 30% less fuel than diesel buses and produce 30% less emissions.

I am extremely impressed by the new buses, which are of a high specification and are also helping to reduce pollution. I hope that commuters in Dundee enjoy many journeys in the new green double-deckers as much as I have.

The Scottish Government has provided some £7.7m worth of SGBF funding to assist the purchase of 94 low carbon buses across the country. Continuing Scottish Government funding under the SGBF reaffirms our support and commitment to the bus industry and is a good example of partnership working to promote greener travel."

The minister took the opportunity to journey around the west end of Dundee on one of the hybrid double deckers, along with Dundee East MSP Shona Robison, Transport Convenor Cllr Will Dawson, his depute Cllr Bill Campbell and Director of City Development Mike Galloway.

Managing Director of National Express Dundee Phil Smith says it's been a pleasure to welcome the minister to the depot:"I'm delighted that Keith Brown has come to Dundee to see how we've invested in green technology and supported Scottish manufacturing.

We take great pride in our hybrid fleet, the public have received them well and I'm happy to say they're making a difference here in the city - not just providing a high standard of public transport, but helping to reduce pollution and improve the local environment."

Published 15th July 2013