City Sightseeing Glasgow has announced it will launch a full fleet of new electric open top buses in a bid to make it one of the world’s greenest tours.
The open top tour serves the city’s key attractions including Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, Clydeside Distillery, Riverside Museum, Glasgow University, The Hunterian and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The Glasgow operation is part of the City Sightseeing Worldwide franchise, a global company delivering open top tours in just under 100 cities across the world; including Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Berlin, New York, Dubai and Johannesburg.
The launch of 10 new electric buses involves a £4,500,000 investment and includes funding from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Ultra Low Emission Bus Scheme.
Sharon Morrison, communications director, City Sightseeing Glasgow, says: “We are excited to be introducing a full electric fleet to our open top tour in Glasgow. It’s great for the city’s green credentials and reinforces our commitment to meeting Scotland’s climate change goals.
“Whilst we already offer one of the most sustainable ways for visitors to enjoy the best of Glasgow, the move to full electric means we can showcase our city’s wealth of cultural heritage, and of-course its green spaces, with zero environmental impact on our city, its residents and visitors.
“As well as the environmental benefits of operating an electric fleet, the buses will offer an improved customer experience, with a much smoother and quieter journey for those enjoying Glasgow’s story.”
Glasgow Life chief executive, Susan Deighan, adds: “This investment in a fleet of electric City Sightseeing Glasgow buses is a great example of how our tourism industry partners are driving forward climate-change action. Boosting their green credentials will help Glasgow further enhance its reputation as a leading international destination for responsible tourism and achieve its aims of becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities.
“Promoting the sustainability of the visitor experience Glasgow not only supports tourism, it also greatly benefits the people of our city, our economy, and of course our environment.”