UK on track to reach bus pledge

Almost 1,000 green buses are being rolled out with the backing of nearly £200m in Government funding.

Twelve areas in England, from Greater Manchester to Portsmouth, will receive grants from the multimillion-pound package to deliver electric or hydrogen powered buses, as well as charging or fuelling infrastructure, to their region.

The funding comes from the Zero Emission Buses Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme, which was launched last year to allow local transport authorities to bid for funding to purchase zero emission buses.

The £198.3m of funding builds on £71m announced last year and a further £50m funding for the UK’s first All Electric Bus City, Coventry.

This means the Government remains on track to deliver its commitment to fund a total of 4,000 zero-emission buses across the country – which the Prime Minister promised in 2020 to “drive forward the UK’s progress on its net-zero ambitions” and to “build and rebuild those vital connections to every part of the UK”.

The announcement is part of the wider £3 billion National Bus Strategy and is expected to remove over 57,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the UK’s air, as well as 22 tonnes of nitrogen oxides on average each year.

the government has also announced a public consultation seeking views on setting a specific date between 2025 and 2032 for ending the sale of new non-zero emission (at the tailpipe) buses.

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