The Transport Minister has announced £48 million fund that will help local authorities cut the emissions of their buses.
Nusrat Ghani said the funding will create an ultra-low emission bus scheme in England and Wales that will ultimately guarantee greener journeys.
It is part of the government’s wider strategy – and one that has been pushed in London too – to make “nearly all cars and vans emissions-free at their tailpipes by 2050.”
The government claims it is doing “more than ever before” to achieve the aims of a greener, more environmentally friendly infrastructure system and this scheme that is aimed at cutting bus emissions will enable councils and other transport operators to use the £48 million to purchase hundreds of buses that are “ultra-low” in terms of emissions.
And Ms Ghani believes this scheme will help the government achieve its emission-free target that is set for 2050.
She said: “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 government has already successfully implemented a low emission bus scheme, which saw 13 organisations receive approximately £30 million combined. The result of this is that, by next year, there will be a fleet consisting of more than 300 low emission buses on the roads of England and Wales.
Funding of this £48 million is part of the wider £100 million scheme announced by the Department for Transport back in November 2016 which aimed at cleaning up emissions on buses.
The success already enjoyed on this front – and the commitment to rolling out options on a number of different vehicles to reduce pollution – will help to go a long way to achieving the government’s targets.