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Old June 25th, 2015, 06:34 AM   #81
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Summer upgrade for Airlink

Lothian Buses - 15th June, 2015

"People will be forced onto the trams because the council will run down the Airlink service" - Evening News target audience.
Aye, right enough

Also, more hybrids coming...
New Hybrid Buses to join the Lothian Buses Fleet
Lothian Buses - 22 June 2015

Twenty new low emission hybrid buses will join the Lothian Buses fleet this summer.

The buses, which have a Volvo B5LH chassis and a Wrightbus Gemini 3 body were purchased with support from the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund which provided £1.5 million of funding as part of it's scheme to encourage the rollout of low carbon emission buses across Scotland.

Lothian Buses currently operate 65 hybrid buses on routes through Edinburgh and the Lothians. The new vehicles will be used on city centre services, with an aim to reduce carbon emissions and other local air pollutants.

The purchase of the vehicles is part of the company’s strategy to lower the environmental impact of all it's business activities and in particular, vehicle emissions through the introduction of cutting edge technology.

Jim McFarlane, General Manager and Chair of Lothian Buses, said:

We’re proud at Lothian Buses that our average bus age is 5 years old, our continued investment in our fleet, and in particular vehicles that have low emissions technology is just one part of our environmental strategy. The support from the Scottish Green Bus Fund is key to the continuation of greening our fleet, helping improve air quality in the city.

Derek Mackay MSP, Transport Minister said:

This project is a great example of government and the bus industry working in partnership to increase the number of environmentally friendly low carbon buses on our roads with the ultimate aim of improving air quality, accessibility and greater use of public transport.

It is also shows the success of the Scottish Green Bus Fund, with bids received from both large and small bus operators. Lothian Buses has been successful in all five rounds of Green Bus Fund and now have 65 low carbon vehicles in operation, something to be commended

The fund has already provided some £13 million and is delivering 269 new low carbon buses into the Scottish Bus Fleet, with almost half of these already in operation and the other half due to come into service by November this year. This reaffirms our commitment to our ambitious climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.

Look out for these buses hitting the streets next month.

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Mobility scooters let on Capital buses and trams

Edinburgh Evening News - 1st August, 2015

Mobility scooters are to be allowed on trams and buses for the first time under a trial being launched by transport bosses.

The move comes after calls for a change of heart to give disabled people the same access rights to public transport as everyone else.

Edinburgh Southern SNP MSP Jim Eadie raised the issue earlier this year. He said he had been told “operational circumstances” meant Transport for Edinburgh could not allow the scooters on board due to large passenger numbers, the challenge of manoeuvring the vehicles on and off a crowded bus or tram, and the potential risk to other passengers.

Mr Eadie called on the company to carry out an urgent review of the policy. Today, he hailed the plan for a trial as a breakthrough.

The News revealed last year, shortly before the trams started running, that mobility scooters were to be banned. Disability campaigners labelled the decision “outright discrimination”, and champion fundraiser, war veteran and scooter user Tom Gilzean condemned the move as a “slap in the face”.

News of the trial came in a letter to Mr Eadie from TfE chief executive Ian Craig.

He wrote: “The issue of mobility scooter access to Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams services was raised at the most recent board meeting of Transport for Edinburgh, held on July 9. It was agreed at this time that I should progress a paper to facilitate a trial for both bus and tram services with any final decision on implementation delegated to the respective boards.”

Mr Craig added: “At the present time, Edinburgh Trams are considering technical and safety-related issues concerning the carriage of mobility scooters with our vehicle manufacturers and infrastructure maintainers, assisted by colleagues from the city council.

“I am aware that Lothian Buses are looking again at Confederation of Passenger Transport guidelines on the carriage of mobility scooters on buses in relation to any difficulties they foresee should this industry standard be adopted.”

Mr Eadie praised the company for the announcement. He said: “I’m delighted that Transport for Edinburgh has seen sense on this issue and is prepared to consider a trial for both bus and tram services.

“While a final decision would have to be taken by the respective boards, I’m very glad TfE are taking these issues seriously. This decision will be welcomed by people across the city. Ian Craig deserves credit for the leadership he has *provided on this issue.

“No person should be discriminated against in accessing publicly funded services simply because they are disabled or have trouble with mobility.”

Allowing scooters on board is expected to be easier for trams than for buses simply because of the space involved.

TfE said details of the trials would be discussed at a meeting due in October. Mr Craig said: “Accessibility continues to be a big priority across all of our services and we are currently considering what further improvements can be made. Of course, buses and trams are different so careful consideration needs to be given to the practicalities with each mode in mind.”
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