Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Graham Simpson says he is delighted that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has committed to £120 million worth of funding for zero emission buses.
Mr Simpson, who his party’s transport spokesman had lobbied intensely behind the scenes to call on the UK Government to deliver this vital boost for the beleaguered bus industry.
He says that companies, including Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis will be able to benefit from the funding, which will roll out the first 800 out of planned 4,000 net zero emission buses.
Mr Simpson says this will help to create new job opportunities and help bus companies be at the heart of the economic recovery thanks to the major commitment from Rishi Sunak.
Commenting, local MSP and Scottish Conservative Shadow Transport Spokesman Graham Simpson said: “This is a major commitment from Rishi Sunak to ensure our bus companies can be at the heart of our economic recovery.
“Having lobbied to the heart of the UK Government, I am delighted the Chancellor has listened and committed this funding to zero emission buses.
“Alexander Dennis, in particular have been devastated by the effects of the pandemic and this can help rebuild their operations as they help roll out new green buses, that can widely encourage people to support our bus network.
“This will help create exciting new job opportunities and drive forward economic growth across Scotland as we strive to ensure we build back greener in the years ahead.”