Green buses are launched

Portlethen will soon see a new greener bus on local routes. Stagecoach will be trying out eco-friendly hybrid-electric buses between Aberdeen and the town.

The fleet of 10 hybrid buses will be mainly operating in Aberdeen from Balnagask to Northfield via Union Square and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

However managing director Andrew Jarvis said at the launch on Monday that Stagecoach would also trial the buses on other routes including Aberdeen-Westhill and Aberdeen-Portlethen.

The buses are not suitable for longer journeys such as on the A90 dual carriageway to Stonehaven as the maximum speed is 46mph.

Councillor Ian Mollison, who was at the launch at the Ardoe House Hotel in his North Kincardine ward, said: “I am very pleased to hear that these low emission buses will be seen in Portlethen.

“Having now travelled on one, I am sure passengers will welcome the smoother, quieter ride. They are also a welcome contribution to the environment as vehicle emissions cause poor air quality which in turn can damage your health.”

The new hybrid buses produce 30% less carbon emissions than standard vehicles.

Mr Jarvis said: “This is the latest of more than a £3m investment in fleet improvements in the North East in the last year.”