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Newly launched electric bus crashes


By Jonathan Clark


A NEWLY launched electric bus, connecting Forres with Aberlour, has crashed less than two months after officially launching.

No passengers were on board at the time of the crash, on the evening of Wednesday, July 31. The driver was taken to A&E as a precaution.

From left Graham Leadbitter (Moray Council Leader), Jayne Golding (HiTrans Project & Policy Officer) and Julie Cromarty (HiTrans Public Transport Info Officer) at the launch of the bus on June 13. Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044170.
From left Graham Leadbitter (Moray Council Leader), Jayne Golding (HiTrans Project & Policy Officer) and Julie Cromarty (HiTrans Public Transport Info Officer) at the launch of the bus on June 13. Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044170.

The bus, which cut emissions by 70 per cent, was only launched fully on June 13 after a pilot scheme started in January. The bus leaves Aberlour for Forres every morning at 7.15am, arriving at 8.25am ­– returning in the evening just after 5pm.

The service will not be disrupted, with a replacement vehicle in use.

A Moray Council statement said: "The m.connect electric bus was involved in an accident on Wednesday evening.

"The vehicle sustained damage and is off the road as a result, however the Aberlour to Forres service is still available to local residents, using a replacement vehicle."

Moray Council run the service, but funding for the bus came from grants.

No date has been given in terms of the bus being back on the road.



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