Lothian to display new green buses

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A NEW fleet of “eco-friendly” Lothian Buses are set to be unveiled at a special event in the city centre.

The Capital’s biggest bus operator already has 15 hybrid double-deckers in operation, with ten more hybrid single-deckers due to come into use from Saturday.

They will be operating on the No.1 route from Clermiston to Easter Road after Lothian Buses was handed a £1.5 million grant from the Scottish Green Bus Fund.

The hybrid buses – powered by electricity and diesel – produce 30 per cent less emissions and use 60 per cent less fuel than a diesel bus.

Ian Craig, managing director of Lothian Buses, said: “Our vision is to provide world-class, socially-inclusive transport for Scotland’s capital city.

“As a company we are always looking for ways to offer greener and more sustainable travel, both for our passengers and the local environment.

“With the financial support from the Scottish Government we are delighted to continue to add to our existing green fleet.”

Three of the Volvo-built buses will go on display on Castle Street on Saturday from 11am to 3pm.