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213 and 206 at Western Harbour | by Stuart Montgomery
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213 and 206 at Western Harbour

Lothian's new eco website promotes fifteen new hybrid buses from Alexander's in Falkirk. It's all been made possible with a little help from the Scottish Government’s Green Bus Fund, worth a total of £5 million.


The new Enviro 400's (the first by Edinburgh's principal bus operator) are cleaner, quieter and smoother than other buses. Hybrid buses are more efficient than ordinary buses because their engines run only to generate electricity which drives the wheels.


Lothian's new Hybrids are painted not in the usual red and white 'classic' livery but in Radiance Red over Winter Gold i.e. the standard weinrot und weis colours are changed for a pearlescent paint version.


Note the alloy wheels on hybrids 213 (SN61 BCE) and 206 (SN61 BBJ), both resting at Newhaven's terminus at Western Harbour. The deluxe development to the rear is the luxurious world of Platinum Point which is part of the great Newhaven regeneration of the early 21st Century. With spectacular views over the Firth of Forth and to Fife the prices are equally spectacular! Whether all this will still be here in 20 years as gradually the sea reclaims the land (owing to increased temperatures) is anyone's guess!

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Taken on September 30, 2011