14 Sep 2021
About the organisation: One of the UK’s largest bus operators, First Bus prides itself in providing travel solutions for an increasingly congested world. Focused on becoming a leader in the transition to a low-carbon future, First Bus proactively work with local authority partners to make a positive impact on air quality, tackling congestion and improving customer experience.
First Bus key sustainability highlights:
"By improving the air quality in the areas we operate within, we are supporting the health of our customers, and by cutting carbon emissions we are putting our weight behind Scotland’s ambitious plans for tackling the global threat of climate change.” Janette Bell, Managing Director for First Bus UK.
Our member, First Bus has begun work transforming its Glasgow Caledonia bus depot into the UK’s largest Electric Vehicle (EV) charging hub. These plans are another major step forward in the transport operator’s sustainable travel agenda and follows their pledge to only invest in low and zero-emission vehicles from December 2022, with a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2035.
With phased completion scheduled across the next 18 months, the redeveloped Caledonia depot, already the UK’s largest bus depot, will have space to charge up to 300 EV buses on site.
This ambitious project, made possible following a further £24.3m funding from the Scottish Ultra Low Bus Scheme (SULEB), will also see an additional 22 electric buses introduced to Glasgow’s streets ahead of COP26.
First Bus’ long-term objective is to ensure that the site is fully prepared for the transition to net zero operations. This includes further opportunities for on-site renewable energy, storage technologies and renewable energy utility supply.
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