MSPs are calling for support for the introduction of a new generation of environmentally and user-friendly buses in Scotland which could help save production at Scotland’s last bus manufacturer, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in Falkirk.
The Falkirk plant employs 900 highly skilled local workers who are currently working a 3-day week to stave off the impact of the recession on the industry.
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie said that “accessibility and emissions standards mean bus operators will eventually have to purchase new vehicles, but we need orders now. ADL are ready to manufacture the next generation of environmentally and user-friendly vehicles with their ‘hybrid’ bus technology. This bus will represent a benchmark in the industry, meeting the new accessibility and environmental regulations, but the current reluctance to place orders is making the situation very difficult.
“Many people and businesses in the Falkirk and throughout Scotland depend on ADL. We simply cannot afford to lose this plant.”
The motion calls for: