£48 million for cleaner, greener buses

The new Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme, aimed at cutting emissions and ensuring cleaner and greener journeys, has been launched by Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani.

The programme will see local authorities and operators in England and Wales bid for a share of a £48 million fund, which they can use to buy hundreds of new ultra-low emission buses as well as the infrastructure to support them.

Following the success of the previous Low Emission Bus Scheme, which led to 13 organisations receiving more than £30 million between them, the new funding will again help councils and bus companies put more environmentally-friendly buses on the roads.

Ghani said: “We are doing more than ever before to reduce greenhouse gas pollution across all modes of transport and we are committed to ensuring nearly all cars and vans are emissions-free at their tailpipes by 2050.

“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.”