Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hybrid Buses: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

There was a short spat in the Parliament during FMQs today which got me thinking.

It followed a question about the bus maker Alexander Dennis making some staff redundant. The First Minister pointed out that Dennis make hybrid buses, and if Edinburgh had bought hybrid buses from them instead of "wasting money" on trams then everyone in the country would be better off. He was making a point of looking towards the seats where the Green Party usually sit in the chamber while he frothed at the mouth.

So here was my immediate thinking: the SNP are in coalition to run Edinburgh City Council. The Council are owners of Lothian Buses. Lothian Buses have been selling off their old fleet as they replace it, and are proud that the average age of their buses is only 5 years old. Therefore, surely the streets of Edinburgh are full of hybrid buses?

Er, no, they're not.

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