First Glasgow reports that it has invested more than £30million in 150 new Alexander Dennis low emission buses in the last six months, including 96 Enviro400 double-decks on four busy urban routes, and ten Enviro400 City double-decks on the Glasgow Airport Express. The single-deck fleet has also seen significant investment with 44 new Enviro200 buses.
All of First Glasgow’s new buses have high-backed seats, USB charging sockets and provision for audio-visual next stop announcements. Customers on the Glasgow Airport Express also benefit from extra glazing, mood lighting, table seating and wireless phone charging.
The new buses are compliant with Glasgow’s recently introduced Low Emission Zone and go beyond the mandated Euro 6 minimum, according to First, by using the SmartPack diesel technology developed by Alexander Dennis. This combines electric cooling fans, engine stop/start and auxiliary load management, which charges the alternator and compressor when the engine is in coast, to bring exhaust emissions down by over 15 per cent against the Euro 6 baseline.
“We have a great working relationship with the Alexander Dennis team and with these new ultra-low- emission vehicles, we are providing our customers with a vast improvement in standards and giving them an improved experience on their journeys around the city and Greater Glasgow,” says Andrew Jarvis, First Glasgow managing director. “This investment marks the end of our second phase of new bus launches linked with the Glasgow Low Emission Zone and takes us a long way toward compliance for phase 2.”