Ministerial launch for FSE stop-start Enviro400s

first_imgHigh-spec buses delivered to First Scotland East and include many passenger-pleasing aspects in designFirst West Lothian has invested £4.4m in the 19 new ADL Enviro400 MMCsHumza Yousef, Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands, launched First West Lothian’s new fleet of 19 state-of-the-art Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC double-deckers into service on Wednesday last week (7 September).Built in Falkirk, the new buses operate on routes 27 and 28, which carry more than 1.6m passengers per year between Bathgate, Livingston and Edinburgh.They have free Wi-Fi, USB charging ports, ‘smart’ air-conditioning, leather seats and CCTV, and also include engine stop/start technology.West Lothian follows Bristol and Glasgow to become the third area of First’s UK Bus business to received Enviro400 MMCs fitted with stop/start.The technology reduces fuel consumption by stopping the engine when the bus is stationary, restarting it when the driver presses the accelerator.Says Paul McGowan, MD of First Scotland East: “We are delighted that the Minister has joined us for the launch of these new buses. They are an example of our commitment to developing services on this important transport corridor.“We have been working closely with West Lothian Council though our quality partnership, and with community councils, to bring about these enhancements. Close working with other key stakeholders has also been invaluable, and this includes The Centre at Livingston and NHS Lothian, for connections to St John’s Hospital.”Real time passenger information is available through the First Bus app on services 27 and 28.The new buses represent an investment of £4.4m and take First’s spend on new vehicles for West Lothian over the last two years to £8.5m. The average age of the First West Lothian fleet now stands at four years.last_img

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