Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has delivered ten bespoke Enviro200s to First Glasgow in a £2.1m deal. The buses have a high specification interior and will be used on the operator’s Glasgow Airport Express service. The 11.8m buses have extra leg room, fold down tables, 4G Wi-Fi, USB charging points, wood effect flooring and audio-visual display screens providing next stop information and announcements.
Glasgow Airport Express is the new brand for the fast link between the Scottish city’s international airport and its centre and stations. Running up to every ten minutes around the clock, passengers are taken to Glasgow city centre in 15 minutes with Buchanan Bus Station reached within 25 minutes. First Glasgow has operated the service under the Glasgow Shuttle name since January 2011, growing passenger numbers by 30% with a previous fleet of ADL buses. Its contract to deliver the route has been renewed until 2021.
MD of First Glasgow, Fiona Kerr, said, ‘I’m very pleased with the strong growth we’ve already achieved on the Glasgow Airport route and as our investment in our next generation Glasgow Airport Express fleet shows, we’re determined to build on our success and encourage more people to use the service. As a Scottish based business, I’m extremely proud that our Glasgow Airport Express buses were manufactured in Falkirk by another Scottish-based business, Alexander Dennis Limited and who worked closely with us to deliver a bus designed around our specific requirements. By investing in Scottish engineering, we are supporting jobs and skills that will help to maintain our country’s world-leading reputation for innovation.’
Chief Executive of ADL, Colin Robertson, said, ‘We are delighted that ADL is First Glasgow’s sole bus supplier this year. We take this as a ringing endorsement of our product quality, aftermarket support and partnership with the team at First Glasgow. We have collaborated closely to deliver these brand new vehicles which combine the latest Euro6 engines with cutting edge smart technology to further reduce CO2 emissions and optimise fuel economy. The premium interior specification with high back luxury seating, ambient lighting and USB ports at all seats will contribute to a first class passenger experience.’