‘Best buses in Scotland’
Scotland’s Minister for Transport, Derek Mackay, has launched what has been described as the ‘best buses in Scotland’ at the University of Stirling. The new ADL Enviro400 Euro6 hybrid double deckers for First Midland Bluebird’s university fleet feature Flywheel hybrid technology for reduced emissions. They also have the Gyrodrive system, which harvests energy from braking and stores it in a flywheel. Five buses in total will run on the ‘UniLink’ route serving the University and Stirling city centre. A total of £1,132,645 has been invested in the vehicles, inclusive of £196,000 support from the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund. All five buses have been fitted with free Wi-Fi and USB ports. They will provide customers with services every seven to eight minutes, Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18.00.
MD of First Midland Bluebird, Paul McGowan, said, ‘I’m delighted to see our new vehicles in service on campus. They are without a doubt the best in our fleet and fully support our drive to improve services and attract more people onto our buses. The advanced hybrid technology also help us to deliver significant fuel savings and reduced emissions meaning our customers will enjoy the benefits of smoother, cleaner journeys.’