Volvo has won a second order for its hybrid-powered 7900 citybus from Lothian Buses following the award of funding from the second round of the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund.

The council-owned operator has been awarded 75% of the £2.5m cost of the 10 buses. It follows the news that FirstGroup has ordered 29 of the vehicles as part of the third round of England’s Green Bus Fund (PT029).

Other recipients from the Scottish Green Bus Fund are National Express Dundee, which has been awarded £508,000 (or 46% of the cost) for 10 Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H double deckers. MacEwens Coach Services has been awarded £262,000 for three hybrid Optare Solo midibuses (80% of cost), Deveron Coaches £174,000 for two hybrid Solos (80%) and Henderson Travel £87,000 for a single hybrid Solo (80%).

Commenting on the investment, Scottish transport minister Keith Brown said: “This is another clear indication of our support to the bus industry in Scotland. Early indications from the use of vehicles bought in the first phase are showing substantial fuel savings and reduced emissions.

“This round of investment will build on these successes and commits further funding to help our bus industry invest in the latest emission-reducing technology.”

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