FirstGroup buys 955 new buses

FirstGroup, the UK’s largest bus and rail operator, yesterday said it was ordering £160m of new vehicles over the next two years.

The order for 955 vehicles will include 200 buses earmarked to transport people to and from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

FirstGroup said 40 hybrid buses, part funded by the government’s Green Bus Fund, form part of the order. FirstGroup said it hoped more customers would choose to travel by bus to escape soaring fuel costs.