Stagecoach have confirmed investment in their bus fleet for the Kirriemuir/Forfar/Brechin to Dundee bus routes.
The company have announced an order of seven electric-hybrid double deck vehicles to be added to the Dundee and Angus bus fleet in the Spring.
The new buses will be introduced to routes 20 and 21, which run between Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Dundee providing regular journeys for commuters, students and shoppers into the city as well as providing vital local links to Stracathro Hospital.
As well as low emissions, the vehicles are constructed to a high-specification with comfortable coach style “e-leather” seating, free wifi access and USB charging points.
The order forms a £2.1m investment by Stagecoach, of which £300k will be supported by the ‘Scottish Green Bus Fund’ provided by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Green Bus Fund has so far assisted with the purchase of 269 low carbon emission buses across Scotland for a number of bus operators and aims to support environmental projects and developments within the public transport industry.
The fund has already supported the introduction of 18 electric-hybrid buses back in 2015, which are currently running on the Tayway 73 route between Dundee and Arbroath.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: “We’re committed to improving public transport in Angus and Dundee and I am therefore delighted to announce our further investment in the fleet for this area.
“Our fleet in Dundee was the first public transport operator in Scotland and one of the first in the UK to be awarded five stars as part of the EcoStars fleet evaluation project. These new vehicles will complement our existing 18 electric-hybrid buses already in the area, helping reduce our environmental impact and hopefully encourage more customers to opt for our greener, smarter travel.”