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'Important' first step

ADL lifted by Johnson pledge on 4,000 buses

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Scottish bus builder Alexander Dennis is expected to benefit from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to invest £120 million to begin work on at least 4,000 more British-built zero emission buses.

ADL said it eagerly awaits the publication of the National Bus Strategy and further detail of the two all-electric bus towns and the first fully zero-emission city centre.

The Falkirk based company, now a subsidiary of NFI Group, has spent months pressing Downing Street for Mr Johnson’s to fulfil a pledge on the buses which he made earlier this year.

New of the cash commitment came as part of the Prime Minister’s green revolution.

Falling demand for new vehicles in light of the COVID-19 pandemic has put thousands of green jobs in bus manufacturing and the wider supply chain at risk, suppressing an industry that will play a pivotal role in the UK’s green recovery.

ADL said that to realise the benefits of this announcement, orders need to be placed imminently to ensure delivery as early as possible in 2021.

Paul Davies, ADL president & managing director, said: “This is the very first step in honouring commitments to invest in green buses and will bring back much-needed demand in a sector whose expertise and capacity is essential as the United Kingdom seeks to build a more sustainable future.

“An investment in British built green buses is an investment in British communities that benefits the nation’s economy.

“As the industry’s leader we remain eager to see this announcement become a reality and put thousands of zero-emission vehicles on Britain’s roads. We stand ready to help drive the nation’s green recovery.”

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