National Express Dundee launches nine new hybrid buses
Travelling around Dundee is about to become a cleaner and greener experience, with the launch of National Express Dundee's nine hybrid-electric double-decker buses.
Lord Provost Bob Duncan has joined councillors, MSPs and other community leaders at a reception to officially welcome the ground-breaking fleet to the city.
Three of the hybrids will go into service on Monday (13th May 2013) - with the rest being phased in over the coming weeks.
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, which serves Broughty Ferry, Ninewells Hospital and the Technology Park.
Built in Falkirk by Alexander Dennis Ltd, the vehicles are a £2.8 million pound investment by the company, the Scottish Government and Dundee City Council in the city's transport infrastructure.
Councillor Will Dawson convener of Dundee City Council's city development committee said:
"The council has been a major supporter of bringing this type of vehicle to the city because of the benefits it will bring in reduced emissions.
"As well as the investment that National Express Dundee and the Green Bus Fund has made, the council has backed this project to the tune of £45,000 (£5000 for each of the nine buses) in recognition of its significance to the city."
Managing Director of National Express Dundee Phil Smith said:
"I'm delighted to say we're ready to launch our new hybrid double decker buses onto the city streets. I'm confident our customers will enjoy travelling in them, and I know we'll all benefit from an improvement in air quality, thanks to their low emissions.
"This is the future of public transport, and we're proud to be at the forefront of that here in Dundee."