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UK government awards £48m for greener buses

Current funding comes as part of a wider £100m scheme announced in 2016 to support low-emission buses

The UK will see more cleaner, greener environmentally friendly buses on the roads
The UK will see more cleaner, greener environmentally friendly buses on the roads

The UK Government has announced an ultra-low emission bus scheme for England and Wales aimed at cutting emissions and ensuring cleaner and greener journeys.


Local authorities and operators will be able to bid for a share of a £48m fund, which they can use to buy hundreds of new ultra-low emission buses as well as the infrastructure to support them.


Introduction of the new scheme follows the success of a low emission bus scheme which led to 13 organisations receiving more than £30m between them. This was enough to put more than 300 new low-emission buses on the road by 2019.


“We are doing more than ever before to reduce greenhouse gas pollution across all modes of transport and we are committed to ensuring nearly all cars and vans are emissions-free at their tailpipes by 2050,” said Nusrat Ghani, Conservative transport minister.


“In order to achieve this ambitious target, the transport sector is going to have to change dramatically over the next couple of decades – and buses are no exception. We are confident this scheme will encourage councils and operators to invest in these ultra-low emission vehicles – speeding up the full transition to a low emission bus fleet in England and Wales.”


The current funding comes as part of a wider £100m scheme announced in November 2016 to support low-emission buses.


“We’re delighted that the Government has recognised the important and vital role that buses play in helping reducing harmful emissions,” added Claire Haigh, chief executive of Greener Journeys.


“The cleanest diesel buses emit fewer emissions overall than the cleanest diesel cars, despite being able to carry 20 times more passengers.”


She continued: “Buses are also the lifeblood of our communities, connecting families and getting people to work. Today’s announcement sends a positive message that the Government is serious about connecting the communities it serves and committed to putting the bus at the heart of the clean air solution.”


In December, it was announced that the UK would host a zero-emission vehicle summit in Autumn 2018.


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