£4.3m StreetLite hybrids for Sunshine and Thistle
First Aberdeen has unveiled a new fleet of 26 Wrightbus Micro-Hybrid Streetlites that represent an investment of £4.3m. They are for use on its 3 and 23 services, which have been renamed Sunshine Service 23 and Thistle Service 3. The new buses come equipped with leather seats, free wi-fi and extra room for wheelchairs and buggies. The Micro-Hybrid buses are around 30% more fuel efficient than the previous vehicles on the route.
MD of First Aberdeen, Duncan Cameron, said, ‘In the last two years we’ve invested a total of £7.8m in 49 brand new vehicles (in 2013 First invested £3.5m in 23 buses). Investment in new buses and installing free wi-fi are part of a range of initiatives which is resulting in passenger growth. Our Platinum services and the introduction of M-Ticketing (using mobile phones as bus tickets) for example have helped attract more people on to our buses.