The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has awarded £48 million of funding to develop new low emission buses.
Announced by Nusrat Ghani at the UK Bus Summit, the investment will help to fund greener vehicles and infrastructure such as charging, part of the continuing efforts to deliver cleaner air in the towns and cities of the UK.
The investment will result in the creation of 263 new low emission buses – which will double the numbers already in the UK fleet.
A total of 19 local authorities and bus operators will benefit from the investment, after successfully applying for funding in the 2018 ultra-low emission bus scheme competition.
The competition ran for three months last year, during which time applicants were able to apply for up to three financial years of funding for buses and bus-related infrastructure.
Winning bidders will receive funding for technology that will result in a larger fleet of electric and hydrogen buses in England and Wales.
Transport for London (TfL) is the largest recipient, with almost £7 million awarded to assist with the delivery of 63 electric buses; this includes an even split of investment for buses and associated infrastructure.
Stagecoach Manchester also received in the region of £7 million for the delivery of 32 electric buses.
Brighton and Hove Buses, meanwhile, received £4.3 million for 20 hydrogen buses.
And Nusrat Ghani, said this investment is evidence of the government’s efforts to reduce emissions.
She said: “Buses are far more than a way of getting from A to B. They are a crucial tool in the fight against loneliness and it is good to see the industry taking steps to tackle isolation.
“This government is doing more than ever before to reduce emissions across all modes of transport and I’m delighted to see the bus industry putting itself at the forefront of this.”
The low emission buses are the latest step in delivering green transport and infrastructure, as part of the Road to Zero strategy.