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Following the announcement that FirstGroup has taken delivery of the first buses from a £20 million new fleet investment ahead of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has called on the firm to ensure it uses some of the new fleet to upgrade buses in Falkirk district once the Games are over.

The Aberdeen-based transport group unveiled the first new buses from the order today, which will form part of a 380 fleet which will transport members of the Games Family, including athletes, officials, media and sponsors.

In addition, First will operate specific shuttle and park & ride spectator services during the Games.

The new fleet order for 109 new buses is made up of 60 Enviro 400 single and double-decker buses being built by Camelon-based Alexander Dennis Ltd and the remainder are StreetLites, manufactured by Wrightbus, part of the Wrights Group.

FirstGroup announced a £70 million, 425 vehicle order in January, which this latest announcement is part of.

Calling on FirstGroup to ensure they use the Commonwealth Games buses to upgrade their fleet in Falkirk district, Angus MacDonald MSP said:

“For far too long the age and quality of the FirstBus fleet in Falkirk district has left a lot to be desired.

“The addition of new buses to the fleet to accommodate the Commonwealth Games gives FirstBus the opportunity to improve their local fleet once the Games are over. That would be an ideal legacy from the Games for Falkirk district.

“It has been common practice at previous Olympic and Commonwealth Games that new buses used to transport athletes and spectators are distributed throughout the host country once the event is over.

“I am calling on FirstGroup not to concentrate the new additions to the fleet in Glasgow after the Games, and allow other parts of the country to benefit from the significant investment.

“Why not ensure buses manufactured in Falkirk district return to Falkirk district?”

Angus MacDonald has written to FirstGroup CEO Tim O’Toole to request a share of the new buses for Falkirk district.

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