The government is boosting its Clean Bus Technology Fund by £25 million, supporting 14 local authorities who are upgrading their fleets to make them more environmentally friendly.
By providing this extra funding, almost 2,000 additional buses will benefit from retrofitting so that they are equipped with the type of technology to ultimately reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions in those areas where poor air quality exists.
Last year, a £40 million grant meant 20 local authorities were able to work alongside bus companies working in their region, as well as technology providers to bring the vehicles in line with low emission standards.
With clean air and low emissions such priorities in the UK, investment to encourage change will crop up more and more; London is introducing a fleet of low emission buses and this extra funding from the Clean Bus Technology Fund means the move towards reduced pollution will intensify.
All the recipients of previous funding were invited to apply for additional investment earlier this year, with the successful bids now confirmed.
From this latest £25 million, London and Sheffield both received £3 million, to upgrade 500 and 160 buses respectively.
The total awarded to Manchester was just shy of £3 million, but 176 buses will be upgraded, whilst in the West Midlands, similar funding will upgrade 222 buses.
Bristol, West Yorkshire, Coventry and Liverpool also received in excess of £2 million to upgrade their fleets, while other funding recipients include Newcastle, Leicester, Gateshead, Oxford, South Tyneside, and Essex.
Therese Coffey, Environment Minister, commented: “I am delighted to announce a further £25 million to retrofit 1,817 buses through the Clean Bus Technology Fund.
“We all know that air pollution is the top environmental risk to health in the UK. Nitrogen dioxide emissions must be lowered if we want to ensure cleaner and healthier air across the country.
“Local authorities are the best placed to introduce systems that work for their areas, which is why we are working closely with them to ensure they have the appropriate funding and support.”