ELECTRIC buses introduced by Greenock-based firm McGill's have travelled seven million emission-free miles since first entering service two years ago, the transport company has announced.

More than 110 zero-emission buses have been brought to Scotland’s roads by McGill's and the travel firm has the largest share of electric buses in its fleet compared to any other Scottish bus company.

The first 55 Yutong electric buses were delivered at the end of 2021 before further orders followed, including 14 at the beginning of this year which were the first to join the Inverclyde fleet.

The group is placed in the top three companies in the UK for fleet decarbonisation, while it is a finalist for operator of the year and is also shortlisted for the Environmental Innovation Award prize at the upcoming UK Bus Awards.

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The latest milestone means the fleet has saved 7,889 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

Alex Hornby, group managing director of McGill’s, said: “Hitting the seven million mile mark is an amazing achievement and has helped towards cutting congestion on roads, and reducing emissions - our buses are setting the example to other road users right across Scotland and helping government meet decarbonisation targets.

“Our massive investment in zero emission buses means that we are far exceeding local LEZ standards and tackling the wider climate crisis.

“Our teams worked exceptionally hard to introduce and deliver our 100-plus strong electric fleet day in and day out, meaning we are continually contributing to cleaner air to our communities, as well as an improved, smoother, quieter journey experience each time to our growing number of customers too.”