Xplore Dundee Shares Its Vision for 2020

Xplore Dundee is confirming it will take delivery of nine more
top spec Emerald double deckers next month, which should go into
service in January 2020. They are the same standard of vehicles
which arrived on Service 22 a year ago with Euro VI engines which
are so clean they reduce emissions by 95% and are better for the
environment than even a single car.

Along with 17 older vehicles recently being retro-fitted to Euro
VI standard, with the help of government funding, this will mean
almost half of Xplore Dundee’s fleet will be low emission at the
end of 2019, with plans to continue upgrading the fleet for the
following 12 months. 

Managing Director Christine McGlasson said: “We don’t simply
say that buses are the solution to pollution – we truly believe
it. That’s why I’m immensely proud of the rapid improvements we
have made in just 12 months. In November 2018, we didn’t have any
Euro VI buses – but by the end of this year, when our next batch
of Emeralds arrive, these ultra-clean buses will make up 46% of our
fleet. 

“And we plan to keep up the momentum – we are setting the
ambitious target of ensuring at least three-quarters of our fleet
is low emission within the next two years and we already have plans
in motion which we hope will help us achieve that.” 

Xplore Dundee is one of the few operators to have participated
in both phases of the Scottish Government’s BEAR retrofit
programme so far. This involves fitting filters and catalytic units
onto older buses to bring them up to the cleanest Euro VI standards
– cutting their emissions by 95%. So far, the operator has
upgraded seven double-decks with another ten single-decks to follow
shortly. The company has also swapped out some of its older
vehicles with newer ones sourced from sister company National
Express West Midlands, to bring even more of the fleet in line with
modern standards.

The bus operator is facing the challenge next year of complying
with a Low Emission Zone in Dundee city centre.  The council’s
consultation on its proposals for this LEZ is currently underway to
help define the boundary and the type of vehicles which should be
included. 

Christine McGlasson said: “We welcome Dundee City Council’s
intention to introduce a Low Emission Zone, and would encourage
local people to
spend just a couple of minutes responding to the public
consultation
about what shape the LEZ will eventually take.

“We’re urging the council to make the plan as ambitious as
possible, as it’s the only way we can make a meaningful
difference, not just to air quality but also to congestion. For
this scheme to be truly successful, we don’t just need cleaner
cars on our roads – we need fewer cars on our roads. Reducing
traffic means faster journeys, less pollution and a better
environment for everyone.”

By the end of 2019, Xplore Dundee will be operating exclusively
low emission Euro VI buses along Lochee Road, one of the city’s
most polluted streets, which is not included in the LEZ proposals.
The operator is currently retrofitting 10 single decks, funded by
the BEAR 2 government grant, which will join seven upgraded double
deckers on Service 28/29.

Christine McGlasson said: “Dundee’s planned LEZ is not
simply a challenge, it’s a tremendous opportunity to put public
transport at the forefront of the city’s sustainable travel
choices. We’re already going the extra mile – literally in the
case of Lochee Road. In areas like this the air coming out of the
exhaust of our buses is cleaner than the air going in. We’re
making sure we’re playing our part in improving Dundee’s air
quality to create the best possible future for Dundee and its
people.

“I would urge everyone to think about the way they travel and
consider how catching the bus more often could help us achieve our
aims of a cleaner, greener city.”

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Xplore Dundee Shares Its Vision for 2020



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