In the last six months the bus operator First Glasgow has renewed its bus fleet with 150 new Alexander Dennis low emission buses. They are 96 Enviro400 double deckers for urban routes, 10 Enviro400 City double deckers dedicated to the Glasgow Airport Express and 44 new Enviro200 buses. All of the new buses have comfortable high-backed seats, USB charging sockets and provision for audio-visual next stop announcements. Customers on the Glasgow Airport Express additionally benefit from extra glazing, mood lighting, table seating and wireless phone charging.

The company has worked in partnership with the bus manufacturer to ensure the new buses are all fitted with latest Euro 6 engines and equipped with the SmartPack efficient diesel technology developed by Alexander Dennis. This combines electric cooling fans, engine stop/start and auxiliary load management, which charges the alternator and compressor when the engine is in coast, to bring exhaust emissions down by over 15% against the Euro 6 baseline.

In addition, some of the new buses have been fitted with the SmartVision system which replaces traditional mirrors with high-definition digital cameras and displays mounted inside the cab for direct and clear visibility.

Further investment is planned by First Glasgow as the operator intends to continue to improve the air quality benefits of its fleet, as well as increasing passenger comfort.