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Winning bids for £11m low emission bus funding announced

Mon 28 August 2017 | Back to news list | More bus news

The winning bidders who will share £11 million funding for low emission buses in England and Wales have been named by the government. The money will help councils and bus companies to buy 153 electric and gas-powered vehicles and to install stations to fuel or charge them.

Funding for the initiative comes through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). It is part of a £600 million programme to position the UK at the forefront of the developing market for low emission  cars, buses and vans. 

Transport Minister Paul Maynard said: "Low emission buses are an important part of our plans to make motoring cleaner and improve air quality across the country. New greener buses will be more comfortable for passengers, they are cost efficient and good for the environment."

The successful bidders are:

  • Denbighshire County Council, Wales - £500,000 for 4 electric buses to be used on services in mid-Denbighshire
  • City of York Council - £3.3 million for 24 electric buses to be used on park and ride services in York
  • South Gloucestershire Council - £4.8 million for 110 gas buses for services around Bristol
  • Surrey County Council, Guildford – £1.5 million for 9 electric buses to be used on park and ride services in Guildford
  • The Big Lemon, £500,000 for 3 electric buses to be used in the Brighton area
  • Go South Coast / Wiltshire County Council – £500,000 for 3 electric buses to be used on park and ride services around Salisbury

The announcement follows the publication of the Government’s air quality plan last month. The 2016 Autumn Statement included a commitment to spending £270m on the roll out of low emission cars, taxis and buses and supporting infrastructure.

The Government says it will also publish plans later this year for a second round of the Low Emission Bus Scheme.

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