FUNDED: Government allocate £3.4million
Government schemes to provide more carbon-cutting buses and reduce pollution from existing buses are being extended with around £3.4million of further investment.
Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced 55 more low carbon buses are to be brought into service, with dozens more retro-fitted to clean up exhaust fumes.
Around £2.4million will allow bus companies and local authorities in Manchester, Oxfordshire, York and Sunderland to buy electric, hybrid and biomethane gas-powered buses.
A further sum of more than £1million will be allocated to local authorities from the Clean Bus Technology Fund.
This will allow the modification of local buses to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants and improve air quality in parts of Kent, South Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Buckinghamshire and York.
Mr Baker said: “This money will improve air quality in towns and cities across England and cut carbon, which is good for all of us wherever we live.
Schemes like these are a cost-effective way of landing real benefits for the public and the environment.
“Cleaner, more efficient bus services are good for the economy and for the environment – it’s a win-win.”
The towns, cities, districts and counties to benefit from the new funding are:
- Chiltern District – five buses with exhaust gas treatment
- Manchester – 23 new green buses
- Oxfordshire – two new buses
- Sheffield – conversion of five buses to run on natural gas
- Sunderland – 23 new green buses
- Swale Borough – five buses with exhaust gas treatment
- West Midlands – 29 buses with exhaust gas treatment
- York – seven new green buses and a pilot scheme to convert a diesel bus to electric propulsion