William Eichler 25 July 2016

Councils awarded £30m for environmentally-friendly buses

Councils awarded £30m for environmentally-friendly buses image

Local authorities and bus operators have been awarded millions to buy low emmission buses.

13 successful bidders have received £30m of Government funding to add 326 buses – including electric, hybrid, hydrogen and biomethane buses – to their fleets.

This money will also go towards installing more than £7m worth of infrastructure, such as chargepoints.

Transport minister Andrew Jones made the announcement while visiting one of the winners, the Sheffield City Region, which will receive £1.3m for 44 buses fitted with hybrid technology.

‘My message is clear – greener buses are good for passengers and good for British business,’ he said.

‘Low emission buses have already proved to be a real success across the country. They are cost efficient, good for the environment, and there are wider benefits.

‘We have provided more than £2bn of funding to greener transport schemes since 2011, and by supporting this technology the government is ensuring the UK is driving innovation and investment up and down the country.’

Other successful bidders included: West Midlands Travel, Birmingham City Council, Transport for London, Merseytravel, and Nottingham City Transport.

Low emission buses produce at least 15% less greenhouse gas emissions than the average modern diesel bus but they are more expensive.

The new funding will cover up to 90% of the difference in cost between a new bus and its diesel equivalent, as well as up to 75% of the cost of infrastructure.

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