£3MILLION GREEN BUS FUND COULD PROVIDE BOOST FOR LOCAL FIRM

The Scottish Government has invested another £3million in the Scottish Green Bus Fund in a move that could benefit one of the biggest employers in Falkirk district.

The fund, which is now in its seventh year, allows bus operators and local authorities to apply for grants to help them buy greener double decker, single decker and midibuses.
Camelon-based Alexander Dennis are leaders in the manufacturing of low carbon emission buses and last year’s round of funding secured 19 orders for the firm’s Enviro400H double decker, which is the UK’s best-selling hybrid-electric bus.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson welcomed Transport Minister Humza Yousaf’s announcement of the latest round of funding.
Mr Matheson said: “The Scottish Green Bus Fund has benefited Alexander Dennis in the past as operators used the opportunity to move to cleaner buses, so hopefully this new £3million investment will mean another well-deserved boost for the company’s order book.

“The fund has already helped to introduce 315 green buses – including many of Alexander Dennis’s pioneering vehicles – to fleets around the country, which means it hasn’t only proved beneficial to our environment but also to the local economy in Falkirk district.”

The Scottish Government invested £14.8million in the fund over the previous six years.