North East MSP Mike Rumbles and Aberdeen’s Liberal Democrat councillors are calling on the Scottish Government to make a firm commitment to clean public transport, after concerns were raised this week that Scottish Government funding may not be forthcoming for the planned expansion of Aberdeen’s fleet of environmentally-friendly buses.
Aberdeen City Council is seeking to expand its fleet of hydrogen buses from 10 to 30, but fears have been raised that without £3million of funding from the Scottish Government the upgrade will be scrapped.
Mr Rumbles said: “Aberdeen is widely recognised across the country and abroad for initiatives on environmentally-friendly public transport. This modest investment could help improve air quality in the city centre and keep us at the forefront of new transport technologies. But as usual the North East is at the back of the queue when it comes to Scottish Government priorities.
“We should not have to wait until after the spending review in January next year, the Scottish Government should deliver on their rhetoric and invest in clean transport for the North East - now.”
Councillor Yuill added: “Aberdeen is a leader, not just in the UK but in Europe, in introducing clean hydrogen fuelled public fuelled transport. Expanding Aberdeen’s fleet of hydrogen buses had widespread support across the city.
“The SNP Scottish Government’s failure to guarantee that it will invest in Aberdeen’s hydrogen bus fleet is shocking, but sadly not a huge surprise given their track record in failing to fairly fund Aberdeen and the North East.”
Notes for editors:
- Hydrogen buses produce only water vapour and no harmful emissions, are almost four times more fuel efficient than their diesel equivalents.