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First Glasgow launch new buses to boost hospital services to QEU

First Glasgow have launched new ultra-low emission vehicles for the 34/34A service that provides a link for staff and patients alike to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. 

The 12 new E200 MMC buses built by Alexander Dennis in Falkirk will be in service on the 34/34A from Thursday, 6 December and the new vehicles come with extra comfortable e-leather seats, free WIFI, USB charging points and most important of all, Ultra-low emission Euro VI diesel engines. 

Glasgow’s largest operator announced plans last week to invest in another 75 new ultra-low emission vehicles for Glasgow in 2019. This highlights First Glasgow’s continuing commitment to improving the quality of offering to its customers while at the same time playing its role in improving air quality in the city. 

At an event hosted at The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan on Wednesday (December 5), Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for First Glasgow met with Denis Sweeney, NHS Travel Planning and Systems Manager as well as Councillor Stephen Dornan to unveil the new buses and discuss the new Commuter Travel Club with the NHS Staff. 

Denis Sweeney, NHS Travel Planning and Systems Manager said: “NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is delighted that First has made this commitment to the 34/34a routes, by introducing these new energy efficient vehicles on such a key route for our patients and staff to access the Queen Elizabeth University and New Victoria Hospitals. We hope these new buses will encourage more patients and staff to see bus as a viable option for travel to these hospitals.” 

Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director for First Glasgow, adds: “We are committed to working with partners such as NHSGGC to provide transport solutions for their already busy sites and bustling car parks. Hopefully with the improvements we are making to the city’s bus services, staff and patients alike will see the bus as a viable alternative to taking the car. The bus is very much part of the solution when it comes to reducing emissions on our already congested roads as one full low emission bus can take up to 75 cars off the road. 

“By deploying our new Euro VI technology vehicles that offer more comfort and are eco-friendlier we are headed in the right direction, as we look to make public transport a more attractive alternative to the car for more people and hopefully the NHS staff will see a big benefit from using these services to take away the stress of parking on such a busy site.” 

Councillor Stephen Dornan added: “l was delighted to be invited to the launch of the new 34 bus, First Bus are to be congratulated for their foresight in not just delivering for their passengers, but also for the environment. 

“Thought has been given to all users, disabled, hearing loop for the hard of hearing and a new innovation, with USB ports for passengers use all over the bus. Well done First Bus, leading the way.” 

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have also now signed up to the First Bus Commuter Travel Club which allows their staff discounted travel on this key service to work meaning staff can now leave the car at home with a fast, frequent and reliable bus service. 

The Commuter Travel Club is an employee benefits scheme, offering discounted bus travel to employees of companies who are First Bus travel partners in Greater Glasgow. 

If your employer has joined the scheme you can sign-up and benefit from unlimited bus travel in your chosen zone delivered direct to your First Bus Mticket app. Being part of the Commuter Travel Club means you can use the bus for work or leisure, and pay less compared to the cheapest monthly ticket available*. It’s easy to sign up and payment is really convenient with an automatic monthly subscription taken by Direct Debit. 

Find out more about the First Bus Commuter Travel Club here: https://www.firstgroup.com/greater-glasgow/ctc

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