FIRST GLASGOW INVESTED HEAVILY IN LOW EMISSION BUSES
Bus operator First Glasgow has reached a milestone after investing over £30m in 150 new Alexander Dennis low emission buses in the last six months. Further investment is planned as First Glasgow intends to continue to improve the air quality benefits of its fleet, as well as increasing passenger comfort. To advance safety, some of the new buses have been fitted with the SmartVision system – camera's instead of mirrors.
The new buses are fully compliant with Glasgow’s recently introduced Low Emission Zone and go beyond the mandated Euro 6 minimum by using the SmartPack efficient 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% against the Euro 6 baseline.
96 Enviro400 double deckers have been allocated to four busy urban routes, while ten eye-catching Enviro400 City double deckers are dedicated to the Glasgow Airport Express. The single deck fleet has also seen significant investment with 44 new Enviro200 buses. Improving standards for its customers, all of First Glasgow’s new buses have comfortable high-backed seats, USB charging sockets and provision for audio-visual next stop announcements. Customers on the Glasgow Airport Express additionally benefit from extra glazing, mood lighting, table seating and wireless phone charging.
To advance safety, some of the new buses have been fitted with the SmartVision system which replaces traditional mirrors with high-definition digital cameras and displays. SmartVision not only provides a safety benefit but on public transport buses also reduces the risk of injuring passengers or pedestrians. Andrew Jarvis, First Glasgow Managing Director, commented: “This investment marks the end of our second phase of new bus launches linked with the Glasgow Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) and takes us a long way toward compliance for phase 2.”