Stagecoach to make Perth and Inverness 100% electric
Operator to run entirely electric bus fleets in Scottish cities’ network
Stagecoach is to introduce what it describes as the UK’s first all-electric city bus networks as part of its drive to deliver a net zero UK bus fleet by 2035.
Plans are well underway to see Stagecoach make its city bus networks in Inverness and Perth all-electric from the end of 2022 and early 2023 respectively. New e-buses will run across routes that have previously operated with largely diesel fleets, helping to drive cleaner air in these two major cities.
Stagecoach is introducing the £13.9m fleet of 38 new e-buses, partly funded by the Scottish Government, across Inverness and Perth through the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB), designed to support the transition to zero-emission technologies as part of Scotland’s overall target to achieve net-zero by 2045.
The new electric buses in Perth, which will be introduced in early 2023, will be made up of a £4.8m fleet of 13 buses, including seven ADL BYD Enviro200 MMC single-deck, five midibuses and one ADL BYD Enviro400 City EV double-decker. They will add to the fleet of nine zero emission buses (ZEBs) introduced in the city last December.
The £9.1m investment in Inverness will see a fleet of 25 new electric midibuses introduced from late 2022 across routes 1-9, replacing the city’s diesel bus fleet.
New zero emission buses (ZEBs) are also being introduced over the coming months on Stagecoach networks across other areas in Scotland including Aberdeen, Ayr, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Kilmarnock as part of the ScotZEB plans.
Over the past 14 months, Stagecoach has rolled out 52 new electric buses across its networks in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS), with a further six electric buses introduced across the west of Scotland in partnership with SP Energy Networks.
“They understand that to respond to the climate emergency, we all need to accelerate the transition to a zero-emission bus fleet as soon as possible” – Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth
Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth, said: “I’m pleased that Scottish Government investment continues to rapidly transform bus fleets across the country.
“This latest announcement from Stagecoach is welcome, and is fantastic news for everyone who lives in, works and visits Inverness and Perth. Not only will these new buses help reduce transport emissions and respond to the climate emergency, they will improve local air quality too.
“Stagecoach have been a valued partner in our Bus Decarbonisation Taskforce. They understand that to respond to the climate emergency, we all need to accelerate the transition to a zero-emission bus fleet as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing these latest electric buses soon, which I know continue to be welcomed by customers across Scotland.”
“An investment of almost £14m, supported by the ScotZEB fund, will see new state-of-the-art electric buses introduced across Inverness and Perth that will help deliver significantly reduced emissions in these major cities” – Sam Greer, Stagecoach Regional Director for Scotland
Sam Greer, Stagecoach Regional Director for Scotland, said: “As part of our drive to target a net-zero UK bus fleet by 2035, we are excited to be announcing our plans to deliver the UK’s first all-electric city bus networks, building further on the investment made in new zero emission buses in a number of places in the UK.
“An investment of almost £14m, supported by the ScotZEB fund, will see new state-of-the-art electric buses introduced across Inverness and Perth that will help deliver significantly reduced emissions in these major cities.
“One of the quickest ways local people can help deliver net-zero is by switching from cars to buses, as well as walking and cycling more. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Scottish Government and local transport authorities on measures to deliver more priority for bus passengers, more reliable services, simpler ticketing and the best value fares.”