First Glasgow has come over all ’50 shades’ whilst unveiling its fleet of 150 brand new buses for the city.

Bus operator First Glasgow has reached a milestone after investing over £30m in 150 new Alexander Dennis low emission buses in the last six months, with more investment to come. To support First’s journey to improve air quality, it has worked in partnership with the bus manufacturer to ensure the new buses are all fitted with latest Euro 6 engines and equipped with the manufacturer’s low emission SmartPack technology.

96 Enviro400 double deckers have been allocated to four busy urban routes, while ten eye-catching Enviro400 City double deckers are dedicated to the Glasgow Airport Express, which takes just 15 minutes to reach the city centre from Glasgow International Airport. The single deck fleet has also seen significant investment with 44 new Enviro200 buses.

First Glasgow lineup

All of First Glasgow’s new buses have comfortable high-backed seats, USB power at every seat, and provision for audio-visual next stop announcements. Those on the Glasgow Airport Express additionally benefit from extra glazing, mood lighting, table seating and wireless phone charging.

The new buses are fully compliant with Glasgow’s recently introduced Low Emission Zone and go beyond the mandated Euro 6 minimum by using the SmartPack efficient diesel technology developed by Alexander Dennis. This combines electric cooling fans, engine stop/start and auxiliary load management, which charges the alternator and compressor when the engine is in coast, to bring exhaust emissions down by over 15% against the Euro 6 baseline.

To advance safety, some of the new buses have been fitted with the SmartVision system which replaces traditional mirrors with high-definition digital cameras and displays mounted inside the cab for direct and clear visibility. With a wider angle covered and automatic adjustment of screen brightness as well as digital image correction to compensator for lighting, shadows and glare, SmartVision not only provides a safety benefit but also reduces the risk of mirror damage or injury to passengers or pedestrians.