Bus company McGill’s marked the launch of another fully electric, zero emission bus route on Thursday at the Braehead Centre. The Switch 23 route will be joining Switch 26, which went live earlier this month, to help power up Braehead with cleaner, greener travel options.

Towns across Renfrewshire will benefit from McGill’ £32.5 million investment in 56 zero emission buses, and along with a further 12 vehicles operating in other regions, they will become Scotland’s largest operator of electric buses just as COP26 gets started.

Local residents will not only benefit from cleaner air, but from an improved journey experience too. The very latest bus technology makes sure rides are smooth and comfortable, and on-board, customers can make sure they are always fully charged, with personal USB ports at every seat.

With two of these routes serving Braehead, Centre Director Peter Beagley joined Ralph Roberts CEO of McGill’s Group last week to celebrate the Switch 23 buses heading into service.

Ralph Roberts, CEO of McGill’s Group said: “I am delighted to be able to see not one, but two of our zero emission Switch routes serve Braehead. We have a very important role to play in supporting retail and leisure destinations, and we want to make sure the bus remains first choice for customers and employees alike.

The scale of our investment truly demonstrates our commitment to the green agenda, and cements us as leaders in clean, zero emission journeys. This is just the beginning as we look to provide more and more game-changing technology to improve air quality in our towns and cities.

There is a big call for bus operators to build back better, and even though the last two years have been extremely challenging, that’s exactly what we intend to do. There’s never been a better time to be a zero hero.”

Photo: Braehead centre director Peter Beagley

Peter Beagley, Braehead centre director said: “We do as much as we can to encourage people to use public transport when they come to Braehead.

“And with McGill’s using all-electric buses to bring people to the centre, their journeys to and from the centre are all the more environmentally friendly.

“McGill’s should be applauded for not only investing in new buses, but also for investing in the future of the planet and creating zero emission journeys for our visitors.”

The company has launched a major marketing campaign to encourage more residents to make the switch from their cars, including video content starring local people, including employees at Braehead, which urges people to unite together and become zero heroes.

The McGill’s 26, 23 and 38 electric routes, all branded Switch, will be live this week as Glasgow hosts world leaders at COP26.

The environmentally friendly buses on Switch 23 serve Erskine, Inchinnan. Renfrew, Braehead, QE Hospital, Govan and Glasgow up to every 15 mins. And the Switch 26 serves Nethercraigs, Paisley, Renfrew, Braehead, Govan and Glasgow up to every 7 minutes.

The £32.5million investment is partly funded by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Ultra Low Emissions Bus Scheme (SULEB), which was set up to help drive the adoption of sustainable transport in Scotland.

Main photo: (Left to Right) Ralph Roberts CEO of McGill’s Group and Braehead centre director Peter Beagley