The Department for Transport (DfT) is inviting local authorities to apply to become the UK’s first all-electric bus town.
Up to £50 million will be awarded to the winning region, which will help to fund a new fleet of electric buses which will in turn reduce emissions and clean up the air in their community.
To put it in context, if a local authority wins the funding to become the first all-electric bus town, one with 200 electric buses could save almost 7,500 tonnes of CO2 each year, which is the equivalent to taking 3,700 diesel cars off the road.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, explained as much, and said this funding can accelerate making greener journeys the “natural choice.”
He said: “Buses carry more people than any other form of public transport in the UK, and with 200 electric buses able to offset 3,700 diesel cars, it is clear they have a crucial role to play in bringing down emissions.
“But Britain’s first all-electric bus town is just the start.
“Helping deliver on our manifesto promise, this £170 million package will help us to create communities which are cleaner, easier to get around and more environmentally friendly, speeding up journeys and making them more reliable.
“By focusing on efficient and affordable transport, we will make greener journeys the natural choice.”
The £50 million will come from the overall £170 million funding package that will ensure more cars are taken off the road as more people take the bus; this will result in greener journeys.
It is the next step in the government’s commitment worth £220 million to ultimately overhaul bus services across England, levelling up transport infrastructure in the process.
Bus travel is key for many towns and cities in the country, with the likes of London and Manchester making real progress to make their fleets more environmentally friendly.