Lothian Buses to introduce almost 100 buses to the fleet this year

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Lothian Buses has plans to introduce almost 100 buses to the fleet this year including forty-five brand new and a fully electric service.

SWD Media has learned that the firm has acquired fifty ex London Wright bus Gemini Euro 5 Double Deckers.

This is part of plans to remove Euro 3 Plaxton, President, Dennis, Tridents and Wright bus Gemini 1 Volvo B7TLs from the fleet this year.

It’s not known how old these vehicles, are however Euro 5 buses were built between October 2008 and December 2013, meaning they could be between 4 and 9 years old, a 58 plate to 63 plate.

Before these new vehicles enter service, they will be modified and refurbished. This will include removing the central door, installing new flooring and seating, WIFI and USB power outlets.

In addition, there are also plans to introduce forty-five brand new buses which includes 5 electric to make the 1 route a fully electric service, twenty hybrids and twenty Euro 6 normal diesels.

Lothian Buses refused to confirm any details about the second-hand vehicles purchased and are keeping it under wraps until they are ready for service.

A Spokesperson said: “Our Bus 2020 strategy is creating one of the greenest and most modern fleets in the UK and we’ve been recognised in awards for our environmental successes.

“The purchase of these buses is fully in line with that strategy and will help us improve the quality of our fleet even more.

“We’re excited about revealing more details once they are ready for service.”

Last month it was announced on February 25th Adult single fares will increase by 10p to £1.70.

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