More than £600 million has been spent on green transport in the north of England, the Transport Secretary has said.
Chris Grayling was speaking at the Northern Transport Summit in Manchester, where he set out how this record level of investment has been spent; he did also make the point that investment in green transport won’t stop there.
Indeed, he stated that millions of pounds in funding are still available through a number of green schemes.
He believes spending on green transport in the north must not stop at £600 million if the blight of transport emissions is to be tackled.
And he called upon local authorities and councils to take full advantage of the government schemes.
He said: “We’re determined to make our transport greener than ever, and through the Transforming Cities Fund and investment in improving electric vehicle infrastructure, we’re making great strides in achieving across that region.
“But local authorities and businesses have a key role to play if we want to accelerate the use of low carbon transport and clean up our air.
“I urge them to take advantage of the funding available as we move together towards a zero emission future, and to a Green Northern Powerhouse.”
Thanks to the Transforming Cities Fund, £576 million has been invested into all areas of the north – including the north west, north east, and Yorkshire and the Humber, supporting sustainable transport infrastructure.
A further £57 million has been invested in 2019 to expand green infrastructure and vehicles, the result being more electric taxi chargepoints and almost 100 ultra low emission buses.
Through the combined funding, an ultra low emission bus scheme has been enabled to deliver 93 electric buses, and charging infrastructure in the region.
Elsewhere, Liverpool is using the Transforming Cities Fund to transform commuter corridors into green bus routes, deploying 25 hydrogen-powered buses in the process.
Funding is available through a number of other schemes too, and the Transport Secretary is encouraging local authorities and businesses to engage with these funds to drive down the emissions from transport fleets.